Austin-area day care loses license
HUTTO, Texas (AP) - An Austin-area day care center no longer has
a license after allegations of children eating food tossed on the
floor and spicy items fed as punishment.
The owner of the Hippo Academy in Hutto, Jeanie Alcalar of
Thrall, denies the allegations and blames a disgrunted employee for
making the claims.
Her attorney, Howard Fomby, says Alcalar has drawn attention
after appearing on the television show "Toddlers and Tiaras,"
which depicts the world of child beauty pageants.
Fomby says Alcalar is nurturing and loves babies.
An affidavit by the Department of Family and Protective Services
outlined the allegations. An agency representative who visited the
center Tuesday noticed black pepper on a sheet in a crib.
The affidavit also says Alcalar is accused of covering an
infant's face with a cloth and feeding hot sauce to children as