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GARNER, NC (AP) — A Garner daycare center has closed after
county inspectors found hazardous levels of lead paint inside.

WRAL-TV reported Tuesday that children who attended the center
are being checked for possible exposure.

Ridoutt’s Daycare Center was in business for more than 60 years
and was licensed for 83 children.

Owners Chad and Candy Ridoutt say an environmental lead
investigation report on July 5 confirmed that the infant and
kitchen areas contained hazardous levels of lead paint.

The county started an investigation after a routine sanitation
inspection in March uncovered flaking paint inside the facility.

In severe cases, lead poisoning can lead to coma, seizures and
death. It interferes with the development of the nervous system,
which can lead to learning and behavioral disorders, and is
especially toxic for children.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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