Dozens of Children Found Hidden Behind Fake Wall At Colorado Daycare
Police conducting a welfare check at a U.S. daycare made a disturbing discovery of 26 children, all under the age of three, hidden behind a false wall that led to a basement.
Officials investigating complaints about the daycare in Colorado Springs say the owner refused to cooperate with officers.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) asked the Colorado Springs Police Department to help with a welfare check at the Play Mountain Place on Wednesday.
Officials said they received complaints that the facility was housing more children in their care than their license allowed.
When officers arrived, they didn’t find any children at the licensed facility. But when officers tried to contact the owner at her residence, which is located on the same property, they said they could hear children making noise.
“During their investigation, officers found a false wall that led to the home’s basement,” investigators stated.
“When officers walked down the stairs, they located two adults and 26 kids inside a finished basement, all of [whom] were under the age of three-years-old.”
Officers immediately began working with DHS to release the children back to their parents.
Three adults workers at the daycare were arrested for misdemeanour Child Abuse relating to neglect; however, those charges were cancelled by detectives pending further investigation. The home owner was not arrested, “as detectives pursue appropriate charges.”
The CSPD Crimes Against Children Unit is handling the criminal portion of the investigation; all licensing matters are being conducted through DHS.