Torture claims at child centre

SHOCKING allegations of torture and assault have led to the temporary closure of the Moranbah Early Learning Centre.

Isaac Regional Council yesterday confirmed they had suspended operations at the childcare centre following a police investigation into the treatment of children attending.

Parents are now faced with the difficult task of finding new childcare places for their children.

The centre provided 75 places but was not at capacity at the time of closure.

A council spokeswoman said parents had been asked to make alternative arrangements until further notice.

"We will be doing our best to assist in the identification of available alternatives," she said.

"Childcare places are limited in Moranbah at the moment."

Police have charged a 21-year-old Central Queensland woman with deprivation of liberty, torture and two counts of assault relating to two incidents at a childcare centre but would not confirm where the incidents occurred, despite the council's revelation.

She will appear in court on October 25.

The council said the allegations of inappropriate restraint of children had been raised late last week.

One staff member had been removed from the centre and their employment terminated.

Two other workers also had been suspended but investigations were ongoing.

Mayor Anne Baker said the council had also established an independent investigation by King and Company Solicitors to provide a full and frank assessment of the management of the incidents and to recommend any potential improvements.


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