Jefferson City (WVLT) – A Jefferson County day care center at the heart of a child abuse scandal has surrendered its license to the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
Last month, Noah’s Ark Nursery and Preschool in Jefferson County was closed by inspectors after an infant was found alone in a dark bathroom with a pacifier taped to his mouth.
Two Noah’s Ark employees were later arrested.
Because she surrendered her license, nursery owner Kimberly Trentham, will not be allowed to operate a licensed child care facility in Tennessee for at least one year.
"It was the Department's intention to seek revocation of Ms.
Trentham's license," said DHS Child and Adult Licensing Director
Lois Barrett-Luke. "Since she has offered to relinquish her license
voluntarily, the desired outcome of protecting children who were
enrolled in this child care agency is accomplished without the costs to
taxpayers that would be incurred as the result of continued legal
Revoking a provider’s license is the toughest punishment the DHS can use.
Tretham started Noah’s Ark in 1993.