AUGUSTA (AP) — Officials said a state child care licensing supervisor who failed to take action for more than a year after inspectors discovered abuse at a Lyman day care center has been reassigned within the department and is no longer making licensing decisions.

Kenneth Albert, director of the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, said the agency is overhauling how it handles child care licensing cases and expanding its licensing staff.

Albert told the Portland Press Herald ( ) the licensing division is making the changes after an internal review, spurred by how the state handled the Sunshine Child Care & Preschool case in Lyman. Inspectors concluded children were force-fed milk, “slammed” to the ground, had soap put in their mouths and were otherwise abused.

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