Neighbors dumping trash at day care’s front door, drawing animals and keeping kids inside

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HARLEM, Manhattan — Trash is being dumped right in front of a Harlem day care, blocking the entrance way with garbage that draws animals -- both dead and alive -- to a place that serves children as young as 2 years old, according to parents.

Parents at the Lexington Children's Center on East 98th Street and Lexington Avenue called PIX11 for help. They said residents at a nearby building have been using the front of their day care as a garbage dump.

"Now we have a lot of rats raccoons. We even found a dead bat. It's disgusting," mother Margie Torres said.

The day care serves 55 children between the ages of 2 and 5.

"The trash and this scaffolding are preventing the kids from being able to go outside and play," said Rosa Gillece, the director of the day care.

PIX11 News spoke with workers for the Housing Authority on site and they promised to move the trash to the corner, away from the kids. PIX11 News also reached out to the Housing Authority directly. They said they're working on it.