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Day-care license suspended after fight

Posted by: Jane Friedmann under Businesses in hot water, Whistleblower Updated: June 21, 2010 - 11:56 AM

An Albert Lea day-care provider’s license was suspended in April after a profanity-laced fight at her home caused injuries and led to criminal charges. Angela Thostenson lost an appeal of the suspension, according to a ruling made public this week by the state Office of Administrative Hearings.

Thostenson was caring for five children when her 17-year-old son, D.T., swore at her. Thostenson’s boyfriend, Russell Besco, pushed D.T. outside, where the two fought. Both were treated for broken bones.
Besco, who lives with Thostenson, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
D.T. was charged with assault and sent to a detention center.
The judge said the suspension is warranted because “there is an imminent risk of harm to the children” under Thostenson’s care, according to his ruling.
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