Charges Filed Against Sandstone Daycare Provider
The Sandstone daycare provider that was accused of being drunk while a toddler in her care wandered onto a highway is now facing charges. The Pine County Attorney’s Office has charged 56-year old Carrie Ann Richardson with one count of Child Endangerment and one count of Child Neglect in connection to an incident we told you about late last week. The sheriff’s office reports that both counts are gross misdemeanors punishable by a one-year jail sentence, and a fine of $3,000.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 12, the Pine County Sheriff Office received 911 calls reporting that passersby had found a young child walking in the traffic lane of State Highway 23.
Pine County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene within minutes and found the child in the arms of a Good Samaritan. The Good Samaritan told Deputies that she saw the child walking on the Highway from the window of her home. She ran out of her home and removed the toddler from the roadway and went on to say that at least one vehicle swerved around the child.
At that time, Pine County Deputies canvassed the area looking for the child’s home. Deputies located a daycare approximately one block for where the child was found. The daycare had a fenced play area filled with multiple children; the Deputy noticed that the gate to the play area was standing open.
Deputies then made contact with Richardson, and it was determined that a child was missing. Kare 11 reports that a deputy asked Richardson how many children were supposed to be at the daycare. According to that account, Richardson counted the kids who were there, and told him nine. The deputy told her she was supposed to have ten, and asked if she knew where the tenth was. At that time, Richardson is accused of responding by saying “no… do you?”
While talking with Richardson, Deputies say they observed indications of intoxication and preformed sobriety field tests. Kare 11 reports that Richardson’s blood alcohol content measured .114, making her legally drunk. Deputies said in a voluntary statement the suspect told them she had consumed three or four glasses of wine.
No further charges are anticipated at this time.