New details emerge in investigation into Crossville daycare owner after officials say meth was found inside center

CROSSVILLE, Ala.-- New details are emerging about details surrounding the investigation into a Crossville daycare owner, after DeKalb County officials say meth and drug paraphernalia were found inside her establishment.

Cars lined the parking lot of the daycare Friday morning. As activity continues at her daycare, owner Leslie Bright is facing several drug charges.

Leslie Bright (Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

Leslie Bright (Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

Working on tips from concerned residents, DeKalb County officials say after a consented search they found meth and drug paraphernalia inside the center.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says investigators believe no kids came in contact with the drug. "Where the product was was in her office, and there were other workers there that weren't aware of any of this going on," Sheriff Harris says.

Sheriff Harris says right now, it appears Bright had the drug for her personal use, and says it appears there wasn't any type of distribution at the center.

It's unclear how long Bright had been using the drugs at the daycare. "We're just glad that none of the children were harmed in any way that we know of," Harris says.

The Department of Human Resources has confirmed it has suspended the license for the Bright Beginnings daycare.  A DHR spokesperson said today the state found numerous violations regarding supervision and that staff members admitted to working without necessary background checks.  The center will not be open while its license is suspended.

A spokesperson said there have been three substantiated complaints about the center since it opened in 2011. Three of those came two years ago. The latest complaint happened in March, and was related to a phone number for the center not working.

Sheriff Harris says concerned citizens alerted officials to this recent investigation. "That's how we work most of our cases, through tips," Harris says, "We couldn't do it without the citizens. That's what makes our Task Force successful."

The Sheriff's Office says it continues to investigate.

Bright does not have a prior record of drug activity in DeKalb County. As of Friday afternoon, she was still held in the DeKalb County Jail. Her bond was not set at the time.