CORINTH, MS (WMC) - A day care center in Corinth, Mississippi, is closed while investigators look into reports that six or more children were physically and sexually abused at the center.
Documents from the Mississippi State Department of Health forced an emergency closure of Circle Y Daycare, located on County Road 512. The day care center near Corinth is on property that also has a Christian Academy.
Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell said his department is currently investigating the crimes which are said to have happened in the last few weeks.
"James and Sheryl are good people. I am so shocked. I just can't believe this is happening in my neighborhood," neighbor Odean Sampson said.
James and Sheryl Yancey own and operate Circle Y Daycare.
The Alcorn County sheriff said his office received complaints two weeks ago from parents of at least six children. The parents said their children appeared to have been sexually or physically abused at the day care.
"They've had the world's best record. I just don't believe it," neighbor Bill Russell said.
A woman, who did not want to be identified, said she cannot believe the allegations.
"They [The Yanceys] are good Christian people. I worked for them when they were in the cafe, and I worked for them in the day care," the woman said.
The woman said she was at the day care when it was shutdown Wednesday, March 16.
The State of Mississippi said the parents claim the abuse happened either in the actual day care or on premises near the day care.
Neighbor Jaime Hendrix said parents were surprised to hear the news.
"They were surprised, because it was good people that was doing that. You know--running the day care and the school. It was a big shock to us," Hendrix said.
He said he heard the news Wednesday night from someone who had children at the day care.
Sheriff Caldwell said his department has not yet arrested or charged anyone with crimes related to this investigation. Investigators have not released the ages of the children involved in the abuse allegations.