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Maple Ridge daycare forced to close
A daycare run out of a Maple Ridge house owned by a man accused of molesting a young girl has had its licence suspended.
The Fraser Health Authority confirmed Dragonfly Daycare will shut down May 28 because Edgar Hernandez, who was prohibited from being in the house while children are being cared for, was seen on the property last Friday.
Hernandez, 48, faces one count each of sexual interference and sexual assault in connection with an offence that took place around Dec. 1, 2009.
Police allege Hernandez touched a young girl inappropriately at Dragonfly Daycare, operated out of his Creekside Street home.
Hernandez's wife Flavia is listed as the manager of the daycare, which is licensed to care for up to seven children.
Fraser Health put a health and safety plan in place after learning about the allegations against Hernandez that banned him from being at the daycare during its hours of operation.
On Friday however, Fraser Health was notified of a breach.
Fraser Health spokesperson Roy Thorpe-Dorward said licensing officers started an investigation on Tuesday after the Victoria Day long weekend and confirmed that Hernandez has been on the site while children were present.
The daycare's licence won't be suspended until Monday to give parents a few days to make arrangements for their children to be cared for elsewhere.
Thorpe-Dorward said Fraser Health will conduct unannounced daily inspections while Dragonfly remains open.
As well, someone who is not a family member will remain on site to ensure the operator is complying with the restrictions.
"Our focus is ensuring the health and safety of the children in care," said Thorpe-Dorward. "When we have an operator sign off on a plan and we take that as a serious commitment. When there is a breach, we take further actions to be confident to ensure the health and safety of the kids in care."
Hernandez has been released on bail with conditions that include no contact with the victim and her family.
He was also required to surrender his passport, must remain in B.C., is prohibited from working or volunteering with females under 16 and is prohibited from being in parks, swimming pools, schools, daycares or other areas where children maybe present.
The allegations against him have yet to be proven in court.