A daycare center owner was arrested after Connecticut police said that she had locked a 6-month-old girl in a crawl space so a health inspector would not see the center was over capacity.
Police in Waterbury arrested 54-year-old Catalina Reyes after a health inspector found the baby, crying, inside the crawl space.
Police claim that the baby was confined in the space for up to four hours, with no supervision, food or drink. She was found on Wednesday by the inspector in her car seat behind the locked door in the a crawl space in the basement.
Reyes reportedly was running the daycare center out of her home in Waterbury.
When asked if she would still bring her three-year-old son to the daycare after the recent investigation, customer Margi Fitzgerald unequivocally said ‘yes.’
“I thought maybe it was some kind of misunderstanding, it couldn’t be true, and if it was there had to be some logical reason…,” said Margi Fitzgerald adding that, “Someone must have dropped off an unexpected child right before the health inspector arrived.”
Reyes was charged with risk of injury to a minor and released after posting $5,000 bond.