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Army investigating Fort Myer Child Development Center, United States Department of Defense investigation, military families, Fort Myer CDC hiring procedures

9:54 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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FORT MYER, Va. -- Officials from the U.S. Army have begun an investigation in hiring procedures at the Army's Child Development Centers.

A review of personnel records at the Fort Myer CDC found "derogatory information" contained in the background of a number of its employees.

"The safety of the children under our care is our most important responsibility," said Col. Fern Sumpter, Garrison Commander at Fort Myer. "The quality of their care and safety has been and will continue to be our most important priority."

In October, the Army's Installation Management Command replaced the CDC's management team following concerns received about facility leadership.

A subsequent review found background issues with a number of employees. Not all the workers were directly responsible for child care.

In a statement responding to the investigation, the U.S. Department of Defense says, "protecting our service members and their families is paramount. That includes doing everything we can to provide for the safety of children attending CDCs throughout the department, and ensuring they are provided with the highest quality care by dedicated professionals."

Follow First Coast News for the latest updates in this ongoing investigation. 

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