Arrests Made in Case of Raided Colorado Day Care

Police located 26 children in the basement, hidden by a false wall at a Colorado Springs day care. [Photo credit: KKTV]

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In November, police were called in to assist with a Department of Human Services inspection of Play Mountain Place after complaints of overcrowding.

 

At the time of the initial investigation, three adults, not including the owner, Carla Faith, were reported to have been arrested and charged with child abuse from neglect, but those charges were quickly withdrawn by detectives and the investigation continued.

 

According to KOAA's News 5 Investigates, Play Mountain Place and Counterpoint Preschool had managed to accumulate 77 violations since 2015.  Some of those violations included under-staffing and criminal background checks not being performed.

 

Now, 58 year old Faith and two employees have been charged.

 

Faith was arrested on Monday, December 23rd on suspicion of child abuse knowingly/reckless with no injury and attempt to influence a public servant.  She was booked into the El Paso County Jail and assigned a bond of $3,000.  She was released by 10 am Tuesday.

 

35 year old Christina Swauger is facing the same charges as Faith but is not reported to be in custody.  She additionally is accused of smoking or possessing marijuana while acting as a caregiver in a childcare facility.

 

Katelynne Nelson, 31, faces a felony drug charge as well as child abuse.  According to Denver 7, court documents disclosed that one of the backpacks found in the basement where the children were being cared for contained syringes, alcohol swabs, and two bags of methamphetamine.

 

Both Nelson and Faith are said to have a video advisement scheduled for today at 1:30.

 

Faith is scheduled to appear in El Paso County Court on January 8th, 2020.

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