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Lawrence day care remains shut down amid drug-selling investigation

January 7, 2013


A Lawrence day care — shut down by state officials in October after being searched by police — will remain closed, after the day care's owner failed to appear at a state administrative hearing Monday.

Tiffany C. Hubbard, who operated the Children's Playpen day care out of her home at 766 Lake St., was the subject of a drug investigation, according to police. A search of the day care was performed Oct. 24, and police suspected that crack cocaine and marijuana were being sold from the home, according to a police report.

The day after the search, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment — which licenses day care facilities — issued an emergency shutdown order.

But Hubbard appealed that order to the Office of Administrative Hearings. But because Hubbard didn't appear at a hearing on Monday, an order was issued that requires the day care to remain closed, and that prohibits Hubbard from operating a day care facility in Kansas.

Though he couldn't speak about Hubbard's case specifically, Bob Tomlinson, director of the Office of Administrative Hearings, said such cases can still be further appealed to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Hubbard has not been arrested, but materials seized during the search have been tested, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. At this point, police are compiling further information before forwarding the case to the District Attorney's Office for review, he said.

Hubbard has no arrest or conviction record in Kansas, according to a KBI records search.


gr 5 years, 4 months ago

"A search of the daycare was performed Oct. 24, and police suspected that crack cocaine and marijuana were being sold from the home, according to a police report."

I hope there's more to this story than shutting someone down because they suspected you may have done something at some unknown time.

olkate 5 years, 4 months ago

Thanks, Captain Label-a-Stranger! We would have never made stigmatizing assumptions without you!

Currahee 5 years, 4 months ago

This article is written like people are going to go back to this person once the shut down is lifted.

Downtoearth 5 years, 4 months ago

My god!! Glad my child was not being watched by this freak!!

Glad no kids were hurt!!

Who can you trust these day's?

Bob Forer 5 years, 4 months ago

The republicans are right. There is too damn much government regulation. Here we have a creative entrepreneur who authoris a very creative business plan (drugs and daycare--on your way home from work pick up your kids and a dime) and the government shuts her down.

Must be those damn antibusiness democratic communists.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 4 months ago

All she really needs is a good lawyer, one that will plead this down to a misdemeanor, with probation so that these poor children can once again live the lifestyle they've become accustomed to. Unless of course one of the little ones finds some of the drugs and ingests them, leading to their death. The lawyer can be an honorary pallbearer at the funeral and then sue the state for negligence.

gr 5 years, 4 months ago

But Sycho, wasn't the day care licensed and regulated? Guess that didn't work. Maybe the current laws should be upheld rather than adding even more laws not to be upheld?

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