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Child abuse alleged at private center in Romney

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ROMNEY, W.Va. (AP) - State police are investigating abuse allegations at a nonprofit Romney center that serves children with developmental disabilities.

Media outlets report that the state removed 24 children from the Potomac Center last week. The move came after upper management reported the allegations to the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The children lived in three residences on the center's campus. They have been taken to other facilities across the state.

DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling says some employees at the center subjected children to what she calls "inhumane and degrading treatment."

Details of the alleged abuse haven't been released.

Potomac Center CEO Rick Harshbarger says he was devastated when he heard the allegations. He says the center is cooperating with the investigation.

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