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Wyalusing Academy shut down after losing license amid child injury

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI (WTAQ) - A child residential care center in Prairie du Chien has agreed to close a week from Friday.

Wyalusing Academy had its state license revoked a few weeks ago.

Officials said staff members injured a child in late June while placing restraints on him -- they failed to evaluate the boy after the incident -- and the facility did not seek outside medical help for more than a day afterward.

The academy accepted children with emotional and behavioral disorders, treating children and teens who functioned below their school grade levels.

The facility's owner, Clinicare, appealed the revocation order -- but the Wisconsin State Journal said Wednesday the academy agreed to close November 8th as part of a settlement with the state.

The company says its residents will move to other facilities, and the firm has contacted the state's Workforce Development agency to help find new jobs for the employees.

Almost 150 workers are losing their jobs.

The State Journal said Clinicare has a history of violations that involve child abuse, supervision, and the way they report incidents.