Families campaign to prosecute child care provider
Reports show history of violations with unlicensed day care
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Allegations of child abuse and other violations against a local home day care provider have led to investigations since 2007, but no charges.
The Cole County prosecutor says he’s still considering charges in one case, but frustrated parents of children who were allegedly injured under Dorothy Thomas Carel’s care are growing more vocal. They’ve launched an aggressive social media campaign to push for prosecution.
Parents of two children who were injured at Carel’s unlicensed day care say she is operating the business illegally by having more than four unrelated children in her care.
Both parents and state Department of Health and Senior Services reports also allege Carel has left children unattended and has placed them in unsafe situations.
Carel refused requests to comment for this story.
To view a police report filed in one of the cases against day care provider Dorothy Carel, as well as multiple complaints filed by the Missouri Division of Health and Senior Services, see www.newstribune.com/daycare.