Colorado Springs daycare hides overcrowding by pushing kids behind a false wall in the basement
Colorado Springs police responded to a complaint about a private kindergarten. According to the statement, the house contained too many children, more than their license allows. The initial examination did not reveal the presence of children at all, until the officers went down to the basement and opened a false wall, behind which 26 3-year-old children and two adults huddled.
Authorities later contacted the owner of the day-care centre, 58-year-old Carla Faith. According to official information, Faith refused to testify against herself and did not cooperate with the police.
"The owner, identified as 58-year-old Carla Faith, refused to cooperate with officers; however, officers could hear the noises of children coming from her home," Lt. James Sokolik with the Colorado Springs Police Department wrote in a release. "During their investigation, officers found a false wall that led to the home's basement. When officers walked down the stairs, they located two adults and 26 kids inside a finished basement, all of who were under the age of three-years-old. Officers immediately began working with CDHS to release the children back to their parents."
Currently, Colorado Springs authorities have requested a suspension of the license, and evidence is also being collected to bring charges of child abuse or neglect. It is reported that not one of the workers was arrested. The owner of the business also avoided this fate.
#CSPD assisted a licensing regulatory agency which revealed that a licensed home day care in the 800 block of Williamette Avenue was housing too many children.. Police Blotter #27388 https://t.co/CjbvRozC9M— Colorado Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) November 14, 2019
Colorado Springs Police encourages all residents to report potential cases of child abuse.
"All complaints are taken seriously and reviewed by a licensing professional; if you have concerns about a child care program or if you see something concerning, call the childcare complaint line at 1-800-799-5876. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437). Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately. Families can search for licensed, quality childcare online at ColoradoShines.com/search. Families may also call the Child Care Referral at Mile High United Way at 1-877-338-2273 or text 'childcare referral' to 898-211 to find quality care and learn more about the availability of care. Colorado Shines has information on each program including quality rating licensing history and monitoring reports. Licensed childcare is the best, safest option for children."
Any word on the child abuse (locking kids in a false room in a dark basement for 4-5 hours at a time)? I saw it yesterday, with my own eyes, as I picked up my niece. I saw the owner sitting on the deckas if nothing was wrong...a jail cell is more fitting...— CedarStPosse (@CedarStPosse) November 14, 2019