Layoffs at Romney center amid abuse investigation

ROMNEY (AP) — A nonprofit center in Romney has laid off 50 employees amid a child abuse investigation.

The Cumberland Times-News of Maryland reports that the Potomac Center also has reduced the remaining staff’s hours.

The center serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.

West Virginia State Police began the investigation earlier this month after upper management reported allegations of child abuse to the state Department of Health and Human Resources. The DHHR removed 24 children from three intensive training program houses at the center.

Potomac Center CEO Rick Harshbarger tells the newspaper that the layoffs are temporary. He hopes the center can reopen the houses in weeks.

He says the training program is the facility’s largest source of revenue.

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