AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — A judge has affirmed an order to temporarily close a Cobb County daycare after employees were accused of lying about how long a child was left alone in a van.

The judge’s order Wednesday came after Bright Achievers Pre-K in Austell appealed an emergency order for its closure.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning spokesman Reg Griffin tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the order requires a 21-day closure while state officials investigate.

Cobb County police have said a 2-year-old girl was found in a van when an employee was starting a route to pick students up after school.

Authorities have accused the daycare’s owner of filing a false report to state child welfare officials and conspiring to orchestrate a cover-up with other employees.

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