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Assemblywoman calls for investigation of children's group home

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Updated: 8/02/2013 10:45 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A Nevada lawmaker is calling for an investigation into group homes for children.

Assemblywoman Lucy Flores says there have been complaints about abuse from kids, parents and staff.

News 3's Elizabeth Donatelli spoke with the people who run both of the facilities in question and the legislator who called for action at a public meeting last night.

“I thought that it was important enough that a very serious investigation be started to look into this, said Assemblywoman Lucy Flores who says she has received complaints about some children's group homes.

“It's heartbreaking for kids thinking they are being placed into a safe environment and end up not being placed in a safe environment,” Flores said.

The majority of concerns are about the general welfare at a Brighter Day Family Services.

The Executive Director Kirby Burgess says their group home for girls is safe. We asked about allegations of sexual misconduct where girls would sit on staff members’ laps.

“I don't know about that,” Burgess said. “If a staff member was inappropriate with a child, that staff member no longer works for us or would no longer work for us.”

Flores says Eagle Quest has fewer complaints but there are still recent concerns over supervision. Then she cited a 2011 audit of the facility.

“The state found empty insulin bottles on the ground, overflowing garbage cans, the lack of healthy food available,” Flores said.

Eagle Quest's Director of Operations David Doyle says these are outdated issues that have been addressed and her accusations are libelous.

“We’re aware of zero concerns, if not we're praised constantly as of recent how much we've improved. that’s why I’m so taken aback by all of this I guess you could say,” Doyle said by phone.

The department of family services released this statement:

“We cannot comment on the status of any investigation or incidents involving A Brighter Day. We can confirm there are no open investigations or complaints involving any Eagle Quest group home.”

“We just need to ensure that our kids are the priority and we're doing a good job of taking care of them,” Flores said.

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