A daycare owner was tried and sentenced to six years in prison on child abuse charges. The Colorado woman was arrested after law enforcement officials discovered she was hiding 26 children behind a false wall next to her basement at an unregistered daycare.
According to court documents, authorities found the children during a welfare check in November 2019, most of whom had stained or leaky diapers and were in distress. For lying to the police and running a daycare with more children than she had the power to care for, Carla Faith, the owner of Faith’s Play Mountain Place Daycare, was convicted of crime and 26 offenses of child abuse.
A hunt for the Victorian house where they were being held was triggered after officers heard children’s music and what they believed to be children crying and believed Faith had first told them that she was not. ‘had no children, according to body camera images.
Christina Swauger, another Faith employee, was convicted of similar charges but was not convicted. Three day-care centers linked to women have been closed by the authorities.
“We will need help, for our children in particular, to move forward after the trauma they have suffered”, Vanessa Nagel, a parent of one of the children in day care, said in August when Carla was sentenced.
“This case is just talking to someone who wanted to put profits before children and the safety of children,” Michael Allen (district attorney) said. “And the jury was strong and the judge was very strong in saying that was not the way we operate in Colorado Springs, and that’s a relief.”
Kayla Shaw informed Fox 21 that her pediatrician, well known in the community, had even recommended her. She said, “When I told her that’s where we were going to be, she said, ‘Oh that’s great, we love her! ”
“Now that I look back I think to myself, fuck, I should have asked more questions.” This was confirmed by Sherry MacWilliam, who spoke to the network. “She ran a puppy mill for babies.”
“What you did was wrong in many ways. It was no accident. It was not the result of a momentary error in judgment… She made a series of choices that put the safety and well-being of 26 children at risk ”, Grégory Werner; The fourth judicial district judge said Thursday.
Although she only had one license to care for up to six children, she had already taken four times as many. There were twelve infants and toddlers in the group, although Faith was only allowed to look after two of them.