Nursery owner ‘hid 26 children behind fake wall’ in basement

A nursery owner has been accused of hiding 26 children behind a fake wall in her home.

Carla Faith, 58, was arrested after police were called to reports of overcrowding at the Play Mountain Place nursery, which she ran from her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Faith has been charged with two counts of reckless child abuse without injury and another count of trying to influence a public servant, according to El Paso County court records.

Three of her employees – Katelynne Nelson, 31, Valerie Fresquez, 24, and Christina Swauger, 35 – were also arrested.

Police visited Faith’s property last month after receiving complaints the nursery was housing more children than its licence allowed.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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