Daycare owner arrested for abuse

RIVERSIDE As as result of the investigation Connie Barrett was arrested Thursday night Riverside County officers in Hemet.

The arrest warrant charges seven counts of child abuse.

Barrett operated a daycare center in her residence on 7th Street and Norco for a number of years.

The State and County Licensing Board revoked the license in August. A notice of the revocation was placed on the front door.

An incident in early August involving an 8-month-old baby led to the closure.

"This case stems from an 8-month-old baby who was in full arrest here in Norco. She was taken to Corona Regional Hospital where doctors immediately noticed that she was a victim of abuse," said Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez, Riverside County Sherriff's Department.

Doctors said the baby girl displayed signs of shaken baby syndrome. The child did survive. Following the pulling of the license Riverside County sheriff's investigators removed records from the center.

They interviewed the parents of a number of children cared for by Barrett. Based on their investigation the warrant for her arrest was issued.

Anyone who had any business with this company the Connie Barrett should talk to the child if they can. Or if not, during the time that the child was here if they remember any bruises or anything unusual," said Sgt. Gutierrez.

"Not the ordinary bruises that children get from playing or by doing what they do. Please report that to the sheriff's department because even though we have 7 counts right now it may extend because we've had a lot of kids go through that day care center," said Sgt. Gutierrez.

Barrett's license abled her to care for 14 children at one time. The seven counts she is facing are felony counts. Two include the enhancement of bodily harm.

Barrett posted the $50,000 bail and will be in court on Oct. 26.


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