RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The Wake County Sheriff's Office says it has charged two women at the Growing Well Child Care Center in the 5-thousand block of Neuse Street just outside Raleigh.
According to an arrest warrant, 69-year-old Shirley Staten - the owner - force-fed rice and water to a 4-year-old child causing "permanent or protracted injury."
She's charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious physical injury and misdemeanor child abuse.
Another woman, 37-year-old Nina Lassiter, is charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
The investigation is ongoing.
In a statement, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said: "The Division of Child Development and Early Education has issued a summary suspension of the facility's license that requires the facility to close at the end of business today. As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot provide further comment".
Women charged with force-feeding 4-year-old at Raleigh child care
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