Little City Terminates Worker After Review of Incidents
The investigation, which is ongoing, stemmed from incidents on Sept. 27. In keeping with Little City’s established protocol, immediately after viewing video footage of the incidents, Little City contacted the Department of Children and Family Services’ hotline. Little City also took immediate action by temporarily removing the child care worker from its homes while it gathered additional information. The employee was placed on administrative leave Sept. 29. After reviewing information about the incidents, Little City terminated the employee Oct. 6.
After a DCFS investigator viewed the video footage, a subsequent report was made to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. The former employee, David Sutton, 52, of Round Lake was arrested Oct. 7 and accused of two counts of aggravated battery. He was released after posting bond on Nov. 12.
“Throughout this investigation, Little City staff has worked openly and collaboratively with both DCFS and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department to ensure that the safety of our individuals remains our highest priority,” said Theresa Moran, deputy chief, Centralized Support Services, at Little City.
Being a leader for 59 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 13 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.
Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.