Apartment building on North Fred Shuttlesworth Circle where Alexzandria Allen’s daycare business was housed. A Hamilton County judge this week ordered the daycare to be vacated over concerns about children being exposed to lead paint.(Photo: Enquirer/Kevin Grasha)Buy Photo
A judge this week ordered an Avondale daycare to be vacated after a child was diagnosed with lead poisoning and court documents say testing revealed “hazardous lead paint conditions” inside.
The ruling, by Hamilton County Municipal Judge Bernie Bouchard, came as a state agency already was seeking to revoke the owner’s daycare license for allegedly smoking marijuana while children were at the daycare.
The Alexzandria Allen Daycare was housed inside Allen’s apartment in a three-story, U-shaped building on North Fred Shuttlesworth Circle that records say was built in 1928.
On Nov. 8, 2017, the date of the most recent inspection by Job and Family Services, Allen was caring for nine children.
She did not return messages seeking comment.
City health department officials began a separate investigation last year after one child tested positive for lead poisoning, and it was determined the child had not been exposed to lead at home.
Lead paint was found in the daycare after a September 2017 inspection by the health department. Loose and flaking paint on surfaces “accessible to small children” contained enough lead to be considered hazardous, according to documents in the case before Bouchard.
The building’s owner, Elijah Rashaed of West Palm Beach, Florida, was given an opportunity to hire a licensed contractor to remove the lead. That never happened, and the health department eventually brought the case to the city prosecutor’s office, which charged Rashaed with a misdemeanor for violating the health code.
At the same time, Job and Family Services was investigating Allen. At a Nov. 8, 2017 inspection,