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TX Law Enforcement Investigating ExNurse

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The mother of one 2-month-old boy said he now has several fractured bones.

McKinney daycare worker suspected in at
least three Child Abuse cases

MCKINNEY, TX  –  New police documents show a former McKinney day care worker arrested for child abuse is suspected of hurting three infants.

Records show while police were investigating the first complaint against Jessica Wiese and looking at daycare surveillance video, they discovered two more possible cases that the babies’ parents didn’t even know about.

McKinney daycare worker arrested after baby goes home with broken bones

Six-month-old Henry is one of the babies former Joyous Montessori McKinney worker Jessica Wiese is accused of injuring.  His mother agreed to talk to FOX 4 as long as her face was not shown.

“I don’t know what to do, you know?  I don’t know what the next steps are.  This is all new to him.  This is what he thinks life is,” she said.  “And I can’t bear to think that anyone could hurt a precious baby.”

Henry’s mother said he has been in Wiese’s care since he was 8 weeks old.  Since then, she’s noticed him with a scratch.

“They said they would look into the video,” she said.  “I come back from work to pick him up.  ‘Oh, that’s not on the video.  There’s no video.’”

The first-time mom said on other occasions Henry came home with bruises and a bit of a black eye.

“At the time in my thinking, yeah he could’ve just grabbed the toy and hit himself,” she thought.

After another mother complained about bruises on her child, police investigated and arrested Wiese Monday for injury to a child.  The next day, Henry’s mother was contacted by Montessori management, Child Protective Services and police.  She said she was asked to watch video footage from the daycare to identify her son.

“It was her slapping the back of his head.  But that’s all I wanted to watch,” Henry’s mother said.  “I can’t watch any more than that.  It was pretty, pretty rough.”

An arrest warrant affidavit states that Wiese was caught on camera slapping Henry, “causing him to cry out in pain,” and then “slamming his head into the changing table” and finally covering his face “pressing down, crushing [his] face downward.”

Another affidavit states that Wiese was captured on camera that same day injuring another child by “body [slamming]” that baby onto the changing table.

Records reveal Wiese used to work as a labor and delivery nurse in North Texas but she had her license revoked for stealing and using drugs.

Henry and his mother spent part of Thursday at the hospital, getting a full body scan that will tell them whether he has any fractures as a result of her care.

“Just to think that someone has the nerve to hurt an innocent newborn baby,” she said.  “I can’t even put into words what should happen to her.”

The daycare said Wiese is no longer an employee.

McKinney police are still wanting to talk to the parents of any children who have been at Joyous Montessori since May 2016.

Waco TX Day Care Owner And Worker Arrested

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“..victims were all between 10 months and 2-years-old.”

Arrest affidavits describe daycare workers pulling hair, ears and knocking
children down

WACO, TX  –  One local daycare worker and her employee have been arrested on allegations of child abuse.

Pepper Jones, who owns Miss Pepper’s Place in Waco, was arrested and charged with six counts of endangering a child and one count of injury to a child.

The daycare is located on 3800 Lasker Avenue.  Jones was arrested at 6:20 p.m. Thursday by Waco police.

Brittany “Starr” Hale was also arrested and charged with six counts of injury to a child.

According to the Waco Police Department, the victims in these cases were all children between the ages of 10 months and 2-years-old.

“You put your children in care of others as a necessity and unfortunately things like this can occur.  Again this is a shock this community,” Sgt. Patrick Swanton said.

Jones’ bond was set at $21,000, but bonded out.  Hale was held on a $24,000 bond before bonding out.

The investigation is still on-going, and Jones and Hale could face additional charges.

Jones is also the co-founder of No Limitations Athletics, a ministry of the Central United Methodist Church in Waco.  No Limitations Athletics provides the special needs community a chance to play sports.

News Channel 25 obtained 12 arrest affidavits, warrants and complaints related to the incident.

One affidavit said that Jones called one child’s mother saying something was wrong with the child’s shoulder.  She said the child had been injured during a wrestling incident with another child.

However, after reviewing the video, police said that the child was not injured during the wresting incident.  The affidavit said after a nine minute window where the child is not seen, the child returns holding his arm, and his demeanor had changed.

Another affidavit said one victim was sitting on the floor, and Hale forcibly grabbed the victim by the head and pulled the victim forward on the floor.

Another affidavit said that the another victim was playing, and Hale grabbed her by her pigtail to move her.  The victim fell to her knees in this incident, so Hale held on to her hair until the girl put a toy away.

Katie Van Antwerp, the aunt of the toddler in question, said this week, the mother learned about the incident involving her child, which she said surfaced after detectives reviewed additional footage from the daycare.

“She was team Pepper all the way.  Finding out the news, it was shocking and devastating to her because you would’ve never thought it,” Van Antwerp said.

She added this daycare had a waiting list because parents trusted Jones.

“The parents will not forget.  The kids have a chance of not knowing what happened here but the parents are going to live with it forever and I hate that for them.  No parent deserves that,” Van Antwerp said.

Another incident described another child playing with a toy when Hale grabbed the victim by the ear and brought her to the opposite side of the room to put the toy away.  The affidavit said video shows the victim wincing in pain.

Another separate incident describes Hale hitting the same victim that dislocated his shoulder on the butt.  The victim goes to return a toy and sits down next to the toy bin.  Before the victim can put the toy away, Hale grabs him on both sides of his head, pulling him off the floor to make him stand.

One incident said Hale knocked a child off a bench and onto the floor.  The affidavit said Hale used enough force to cause the victim’s head to snap back as she falls to the floor.

One affidavit said Hale grabbed the 10-month-old victim by the arm from the floor and forcefully sat her down.  In the video, the 10 month old falls backwards, and Hale forcefully grabs the victim’s left hand to snap the child’s head back up with force.

According to the Department of Family Protective Services, a representative from Miss Pepper’s Place told the Childcare Licensing, the daycare will not reopen and will return its license.  At this point, DFPS has not received confirmation whether it was returned.  The daycare has been licensed since 2013 and it had a capacity of serving 12 children, according to DPFS.

Jones’ attorney, Seth Sutton, sent out this statement:

“Pepper Jones has a long history of serving the kids of the Waco community, especially those with disabilities.  We take any allegation of child injury very seriously and have already begun working with authorities to ensure a proper outcome to this situation.  I ask that you respect the family’s privacy.  We won’t have any further comment until after I’ve had an opportunity to review the relevant evidence in the case.”

No Limitations Athletics released a statement Friday evening:

“No Limitations Athletics is aware of the allegations against one of our co-founders who, in addition to being a founder, has been one of the most active volunteers and most ardent advocates for our community.  She has, in the best interest of our organization, resigned effective immediately.  She will have no involvement with No Limitations Athletics pending the resolution of this matter.”

Sex Offender, Daycare Worker Sexually Assaulted Children

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Heather Koon

Ohio daycare worker charged with
raping Children

An Ohio daycare worker has pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting children.

Heather Koon, who worked at ABC Kidz Child Care in Elyria, was charged with rape and kidnapping for allegedly assaulting children as young as 1-year-old in the fall of 2013.

Officials said she even videotaped the molestations.

Koon’s fiancé, James Osbourne – a registered sex offender — was also charged in the case.

The Chronicle-Telegram reports that Koon raped four children at ABC Kidz, while she also took obscene photos of children at ABC Kidz and Country Day School in Amherst, where she took a job after leaving the daycare in Elyria.

Prosecutors said Osbourne provoked Koon’s actions.  It wasn’t immediately clear how officials found out about the incidents.

NE Toddlers Leg Broken At Unlicensed Daycare

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Toddlers Leg Broken At Unlicensed Daycare

Nebraska Daycare provider charged with
Child Abuse

ASHLAND, NE  –  An Ashland woman running an in-home daycare could be facing jail time after an incident that left a baby with a broken leg.  According to authorities that daycare was not licensed.

A 4-month-old baby was inside a car seat, not buckled in when that car seat fell to the ground.

That baby is expected be OK, but the daycare provider, Sabrina Cowsky, is now charged with felony child abuse.

Aside from child abuse, Cowsky is being charged with false reporting and operating a daycare without a license.  Per state law, once a daycare exceeds three children a license is required.

Authorities estimate, Cowsky was caring for roughly a dozen kids at the time of the incident.  Ashland Chief of Police Joe Baudler said he is still trying to understand why a parent might take their kids to an unlicensed daycare.

“You know, with kids, myself, I’ve taken them to daycare, you know, I was concerned about the person watching the kid, than I was whether they had a license or not,” said Baudler.

WOWT 6 News was unable to contact Cowsky, but did speak with family and neighbors.  Everyone WOWT 6 News talked to, spoke very fondly of not only Cowsky, but the victim’s parents as well. They said they think this boils down to just a really unfortunate accident.

The accident left a child with a broken leg and according to the Saunders County Attorney Steven Twohig the accident is exactly why state oversight exists.

“It’s not the controlling factor, I mean, things still happen in licensed daycare, as well, that are sad and unfortunate, but at the same time, it’s the more regulation, the less likelihood that something will occur,” said Twohig.

Sabrina Cowsky’s first appearance in court will be June 16th at 9 a.m. in Saunders County.  If she’s found guilty of all child abuse, operating without a license and false reporting, she could be facing up to 4 years in jail and almost $12,000 in fines.

Indiana Child Abuse Registry

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Stop Child Abuse

Bill creating Child Abuse registry
moves forward

Indiana  –  Angie Garza stood in front of lawmakers on Wednesday with a tearful plea.  She asked them to prevent another child from dying as her 19-month grandson did.

Those lawmakers responded.

With a unanimous vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee took the first step toward creating what may be the nation’s first public registry of people convicted of child abuse and neglect.

The bill, authored by Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, requires the state to create a publicly searchable website that lists all persons convicted of crimes against children, akin to the sex offender registry.

Such information exists but access is limited to police and employers doing background checks for workers in licensed child care facilities.

The origins of the proposal lie in the tragedy of Garza’s family.

Her grandson, Kirk Coleman, died in October 2014 while in the care of an Elkhart County woman whom Garza later learned was previously charged with battering a toddler and temporarily barred from caring for children.

While the woman told Garza that her grandson accidentally choked while eating, a pathologist later ruled his death a homicide caused by blunt-force injuries to the head.

“We’ve been trying to get justice ever since, not only for him, but for all children,” Garza said during emotional testimony.

Yoder said he was approached by Garza last fall, after Jackie Rolsten of New Paris, Ind., was charged in Kirk Coleman’s death.

Garza said her family had known Rolsten for many years, but they had no knowledge of her criminal history.  In 2006, Rolsten was arrested on a felony child-battery charge involving a 2-year-old.  She later pleaded to child neglect.

Though her prison term was suspended, Rolsten was ordered by a judge to stop her in-home childcare business while on probation. That order expired before she started taking care of Kirk.

“We had no idea,” Garza said.

Rolsten, now awaiting trial in Elkhart County on a charge of felony-battery resulting in death, didn’t need a state license to care for Kirk. Because she never cared for more than five children in her home, she fell outside of state licensing requirements.

Officials say thousands of such unlicensed childcare providers operate across the state.

Yoder said a registry will fill a gap by giving parents a place to see if someone coming into contact with their children has any prior child-abuse convictions.

“If there’s any good that can come from this, this may be it,” he said.
Still, the bill faces hurdles.

On Wednesday, a State Police official estimated it may cost up $300,000 a year to create and maintain such a registry.  At this point, Yoder’s bill comes with no funding.

Supporters of the idea – including Senate Judiciary Chairman Brent Steele, R-Bedford – promised to find it a way to pay for it.

“I don’t care about the fiscal impact,” said Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis.  “When it comes to the safety of children, I don’t care if we have to spend a million dollars.”

Other states have child abuse registries, but public access is limited.

Michigan lawmakers debated creating a public registry like the one Yoder wants after lawmakers there heard testimony from a family with a story similar to Garza’s.

That measure stalled when the American Civil Liberties Union raised concerns that the registry could have an unintended consequence: Someone may be less willing to report a spouse or family member suspected of abuse because they know the individual will be placed on the registry.

The ACLU also argued the registry is a kind of perpetual punishment, not allowing for people who’ve been rehabilitated to get off the list.

Larry Landers, head of the Indiana Public Defender Council, said a public child-abuse registry may face similar challenges.  He noted that Indiana’s sex offender registry, a public website that lists the names and addresses of persons accused of sex crimes, has faced multiple court challenges.

Those issues matter little for Kirk’s mother, Anissa Garza, who wept quietly Wednesday as she sat with a dozen family members to watch the hearing.

The measure must still pass the Senate, then move to the House for a hearing, but Garza said she is relieved that it is gaining support.

“I wouldn’t want to see this ever happen to any other parent,” she said.