PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Authorities in Prescott Valley are investigating reports of child abuse at a childcare center.
"Currently we're investigating five separate alleged child abuse [cases] that allegedly occurred at the Gummy Bear Learning Center," said Sgt. Jason Kaufman with Prescott Valley Police.
The Gummy Bear Early Learning Center is located near Manley Drive and Robert Road and officials have arrested a worker named Chandler Blankenship. Authorities are also looking into whether there may be additional suspects and other possible victims.
Blankenship, 18, is accused of abusing a three-year-old girl. Photos provided to FOX 10 show the girl with dark bruising on her cheek, after being picked up from daycare. According to police, Blankenship admitted to abusing the child before being arrested on Wednesday. It is unknown if he is connected to other cases.
"And as a result of the Facebook entry that went out by a parent, other parents went out on Facebook and said my child may have been assaulted too," said Sgt. Kaufman.
Police officials said Thursday they want parents who have sent their children to the facility between February and July of 2019 to speak up. Meanwhile, members of the public are asked refrain from looking for Blankenship or going to his house, and there is extra patrol around his home. Detectives are also going to interview other caregivers at Gummy Bear.