Carla Faith is shown in this undated file photo, which was provided by El Paso County Sheriff's Office. El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP. File
Police say that a woman created a fake wall to hide 26 children at her daycare in Colorado.
According to an affidavit, some children were found with wet or dirty diapers and thirsty.
Carla Faith, the owner of the property, was sentenced on Thursday to six years imprisonment.
Howard Black, a spokesperson for the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office of Colorado, said that a former daycare owner was sentenced in 2019 to six years imprisonment for keeping 26 children in the basement at a facility.
KRDO reported that Carla Faith, the owner of Play Mountain Place in Colorado Springs, pleaded guilty on August 26 to child abuse and one to attempting to influence peace officers. She also pleaded guilty to three counts of operating daycares without licenses.
In December 2019, Insider reported Faith's arrest. According to police, they went to the daycare in November 2019, after receiving complaints that the facility was caring for more children than Faith's license allowed.
One complainant said Faith "possibly concealed" the children at her home. According to a police report, Faith claimed that there weren't any children in the home, but one officer saw a pile containing backpacks and heard a child crying.
Although Faith was not cooperating with police, they discovered a false wall which led to a basement that contained 26 children and two adults.
According to the affidavit, the children were under three years old. Police also noted that many of them had wet or soiled diapers and were thirsty upon contact.
Some parents who spoke to their children at the daycare stated that their children have behavioral and anxiety issues.
Kim Marshall, who had two children at the daycare, said to KOAA TV that they continue to receive counseling.
She said, "We sleep with the lights on in this house." "My children are anxious. They fear the world.
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KKTV reported that three employees of Faith's daycare also were charged in this case.
KRDO reported that Valerie Fresquez took a plea bargain and gave evidence at Faith's hearing. Christina Swauger was also found guilty but not sentenced. According to KKTV, Katelynn Nielson, a third defendant, was not present at court, and a warrant was issued for her.
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