#childabuse | Mackinaw City Child Care Provider’s License Suspended, Charged with Child Abuse

A Mackinaw City daycare provider has lost her license and now faces child abuse charges.

Sue Gross ran her daycare business out of her Mackinaw City home.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) began an investigation into Gross in December.

They issued an order of suspension to Gross in January, and notified her of their intent to revoke her license.

In it, LARA says Gross pulled a child by her ponytail, would change diapers violently and grab children by their feet and slam them to the floor.

State documents reveal Gross was caught on video hitting a child and heard saying “that’s for mashing that food all over your plate.”

The documents say Gross confirmed to police there was an incident. She said she had a “reflex response” and made contact with a child while they were in time out.

Her license renewal inspection from 2018 found several violations including not keeping proper records, lack of training and a safety violation for having a bottle of vinegar on the counter in the bathroom.

9&10 News tried to see what Gross had to say about these allegations, but go no one answered the door at Gross’ home.

We have learned there is also a criminal investigation into the matter.

“Historically, our office has always done and take as much attention as possible to cases involving these sorts of child abuse,” said James Linderman, Emmet County Prosecuting Attorney.

“We looked at it, evaluated it, and made a decision as a prosecutor that 2 charges were appropriate,” Linderman said.

Court documents reveal Gross has been charged with fourth degree child abuse, citing that incident caught on video. She has also been charged with assault and battery.

Gross pleaded not guilty to those charges.

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