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Horror of Horrors: Daycare Owner Locks Infant in Crawlspace for 4 Hours

Catalina Reyes

Cataline Reyes' mugshot

I was lounging in bed this morning, cuddling and giggling a bit with my 6-month-old daughter while also doing a little simultaneous and absentminded online reading. My heart fell into my stomach when I came across a story about another 6-month-old baby.

A daycare center owner in Waterbury, Conn., was arrested for locking a 6-month-old baby girl in a crawlspace so a health inspector wouldn’t find out that the facility was operating overcapacity.

The baby was in the space for four hours with no food or water, according to the Connecticut Post.

Catalina Reyes was arrested by the Waterbury police after the inspector heard the baby crying and found her in a car seat locked behind a basement door in a crawlspace. She had operated the daycare facility out of her home.

Thankfully neither the baby nor any of the other children were hurt, even though the baby was in the crawlspace for at least four hours.

Reyes, 54, was charged with risk of injury to a minor and has since posted a $5,000 bond. The inspector had been sent there after it was suspected that the facility was, indeed, overcrowded.

You don’t have to be a parent to imagine a tiny baby being left alone in a space not fit for human life for four minutes, never mind four hours.

But if you are a parent it’s probably impossible not to imagine your own child in that situation. It makes me dizzy with grief and nausea to think of any child being mistreated, but a helpless 6-month-old baby?

There are no words. It’s just a feeling. And one I hope never to experience again — on anyone’s behalf.

Photo credit: Connecticut Post

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