Parents concerned after Crossville day care owner arrested on drug charges, day care shut down

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CROSSVILLE, Ala. - A sign is now posted at the door of Bright Beginnings Day Care in Crossville.

It says:

"The Alabama Department of Human Resources has SUSPENDED the license issued to Bright Beginnings Day Care Center, 17 Graves Street, Crossville, Alabama 35962. The Center must close immediately. This Suspension is necessary due to imminent danger to the health and safety of the children. If you have any questions, please contact the Alabama Department of Human Resources, Child Care Services division, 1-866-528-1694. For assistance in finding child care, call CMA of North Central Alabama, 256-534-5110."

WHNT News 19 previously reported the state had shut the day care down following "supervision" violations, including staff admitting to not having necessary background checks.

Deputies arrested owner Leslie Bright on drug charges the day before after finding meth inside her office.

Tiffany Johnson told us her daughter went to Bright Beginnings for four years, and at first, it was the sunshiny start that was promised.

"The first couple years, she was all right. But slowly, she started getting to where she didn't want to go," explained Johnson.

She said she became uneasy, and after hearing things from staff and other parents that further disturbed her, she withdrew her daughter from the day care. She's happy she made that choice before the state shut the facility down, but sometimes wonders what may have been going on while her child was there.

"I try not to think about it, but it's hard not to. I'm just glad we got her out when we did," she said.

Deputies say Bright had the meth in her office for her own personal use and was not selling it or giving it to the kids. Sheriff Jimmy Harris said no children were harmed. Bright is now out of jail on a $7,500 bond.

The day care can appeal the license suspension, but Johnson hopes they don't.

"You've got to learn from the choices you make," commented Johnson.

WHNT News 19 spoke with another parent off-camera who said he almost brought his child to that day care when they were looking for child care options, but is now happy he went another direction.

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