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Day care owners seek to clear their names after allegations of abuse

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Day care owners are seeking to clear their name after facing accusations that children were sexually and physically abused inside their business.

"Unreal" and "devastating" were words owners of Circle Y day care used to described what they went through after parents brought shocking allegations against them.

Parents said several children were physically and sexually abused in the Alcorn County day care.

After a six month investigation, there was no evidence discovered of any wrongdoing. Now, the owners want to clear their name.

Keith and Sheryl Yancey will never forget the day when Alcorn County Sheriff's investigators arrived at their day care. It was a day Keith describes as a 'normal day.'

"I was doing some maintenance out in the park," Keith said. "The sheriff's department showed up and told me they had a search warrant to do an investigation on some allegations."

A stunned Yancey cooperated. It was hard for the Yancey's to believe after 20-years running the daycare, at a place that has animals for the children to pet, a well equipped playground, and a pumpkin patch, allegations would arise.

"We've never been in trouble for anything," Sheryl said. "We've never had any violations."

The day care had to close immediately, leaving 70 children to find somewhere else to go. After two weeks, the day care reopened because the Mississippi Department of Health could not find enough evidence to even have a hearing.

Last week, an Alcorn County grand jury did not return an indictment in the case.

The Yancey's said if it happened to them, it could happen to anybody.

"Nobody is safe from it. We don't know where it started. We would love to know. We may never know."

"It is our intention to restore the confidence of the people."

The Yanceys said despite the nightmare of the investigation, they are not bitter and want to continue teaching and guiding children.

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