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Parents: Kids taken to private home after day care closes suddenly

A Mississippi couple wants answers after dropping off their children at day care only to find the day care closed when they returned. A Mississippi couple wants answers after dropping off their children at day care only to find the day care closed when they returned.

(WMC-TV) - A Mississippi couple wants answers after dropping off their children at day care only to find the day care closed when they returned.

Southaven police confirm that the Mississippi Department of Human Services is investigating the day care after parents claimed the childcare center was shutdown and the director took their children across state lines without their permission.

With shattered windows, broken blinds, and bricks crumbling, it's hard to believe that just three days ago Victoria's Angel's Childcare Center was open for business.

"Monday morning, I dropped the kids off as normal at 7 o'clock," said Tabitha Powers.

Her three children have been enrolled at the day care for about six months. Powers said she was abruptly told that the center would be relocating by the end of the week.

"I told her well, if they're not going to stay here all week, then I'm not going to pay for all week," she said.

But she didn't know that the State of Mississippi was investigating the facility and by Monday afternoon it was too late.

"The health department was there and the cops were there," she said.

The parents decided to check on their children around 3:30 that afternoon after a school bus driver said their oldest son had not been picked up for Pre-K. They say that's when they knew something was wrong.

"He immediately called me and said 'Hey, you need to come pick these kids up because they're shutting the day care down,'" said Powers.

She was outraged, but making matters worse, the day care director transported the children to a private residence instead of calling the parents to come pick them up.

"It turns out she took them to her house in Memphis," Powers said.

Powers said the director informed her that she signed an application giving consent.

"Even if it is on the application you're supposed to notify the parents first. Period," Powers said.

Lt. Mark Little, of the Southaven Police Department, said a report has been filed and the Mississippi Department of Human Services is investigating.

"At this point we're just kind of sitting back and watching how DHS handles this and at the same time we're looking to see if there are any criminal matters that we need to look into any further," he said.

But that isn't much comfort to a parent who was concerned for her children's safety.

"In my words - she kidnapped them," said Powers.

Action News 5 tried to reach the day care director Victoria Washington. Several of her phone numbers were disconnected and others weren't answered.

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