HOLLAND, OH (Toledo News Now) - New security cameras are in place at the Children's Discovery Center in Holland, where a former employee is accused of molesting a child.
Police say 23-year-old Cody Champagne admitted to raping a child at the daycare. Champagne was an assistant teacher there for about a year and a half until his arrest.
The center now has a camera in each room except bathrooms and closets.
“The camera up on the wall does get the shot of our restrooms that are in this hallway, so you can see who is going in and out of the restrooms,” said Children's Discovery Center Administrator Mona Taylor.
Before the incident with Champagne, daycare officials didn't feel cameras were necessary. Now there are 32 running inside the building.
“We just didn't feel the need to have them here,” Taylor said. “We've been open for 33 years and we do have a very intense hiring process.”
That process includes a background check. Champagne's showed a clean record with no prior criminal activity.
Even if they'd had the cameras, Taylor admits it may not have stopped the alleged assault.
“We might have been able to go back and see, you know, when,” Taylor said. “When maybe, but it definitely would not have prevented it happening.”
The cameras do make teachers and parents feel better.
“Kid-wise, parent-wise, it's a great idea,” said Heather Entenmann, a teacher at the daycare. “It keeps the teachers protected, along with the children.”
Cameras will be installed at all Children's Discovery Centers in the area.
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