Tremont Police investigating bomb threat at child care center

By Mark Bullion

February 25, 2013 Updated Feb 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM CDT

TREMONT, Ill -- There were some tense moments at a child care center Monday morning in the Village of Tremont. A hand written bomb threat was found in a hallway.

Tremont Police were immediately called to the Tremont United Methodist Child Care Center to search and secure the building around 8:00 a.m.

No evidence of a bomb was found.

Child Care Center Director Jennifer Hendrickson says the note was dated March 1st and authorities believe it was placed in the building over the weekend.

Hendrickson says despite the building being deemed clear, she is still shaken up.


"It's scary, so worried about the children first off, we have had some children picked up, I don't blame them, but we are going to operate as usual during these circumstances," said Hendrickson.


"We're conducting an ongoing investigation and interviews will take place. We've contacted the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit to take fingerprints and get any forensic evidence," said Michael Dodwell, Tremont Chief of Police.

The investigation has identified a juvenile suspect, who will be forwarded to the state's attorney office for possible charges.

Administration says the basement, where the center is located, is always locked except for the weekends when Sunday School takes place.

The Center will be closed March 1st.

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