After several reports, police in Colorado Springs inspected day care on November 13. They discovered 26 children in a room hidden behind a false wall in the basement. The school only had one license to support six residents. The investigation is ongoing
Twenty-six children for three years were found by police hidden in the basement of a Colorado Springs, USA nursery. However, the official approval of the nursery provided that only six babies could be cared for there.
Authorities suspended the construction permit at least until the end of the investigation and ordered the closure of the premises on Wednesday, November 13, the American media reports KKTV 11 News .
Hidden behind a false wall
Police went to day care centers after several reports indicating that the facility accommodated too many children. "The owner […] refused to cooperate, but the officers heard the sounds of children coming from her home" Colorado Springs police said in a statement. The officers examined the premises and discovered a false wall that hid a staircase leading to the basement.
The mother of one of the 26 children describes "children crammed in the middle of empty fruit juice briquettes, crumbs of cookies, blankets and stuffed animals. The room smelled like a dirty diaper"
"It makes my stomach stomach "
Three employees were initially arrested and charged with a minor crime of child abuse for failing care. However, these accusations were dropped pending the outcome of the investigations. Carla Faith, the manager of the day care center who lives on site, was not arrested. The police first want to determine what fees apply to the 58-year-old American.
The parents of the children in the preschool learned the news with surprise and horror. "I have this horrible feeling, it turns my stomach. I hope nothing more horrible happened and that it's really just a story of too many babies, which is already horrible, that parents a little boy. I would never have taken him here if I had known about it.