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Negligence Charges Officially Laid Against Local Daycare Operator

Parents supported her.

Guardians stood up for her.

Neighbours cheered her on.

But police weren’t impressed with anything they had to say, and they’ve now officially charged a woman who was running an unlicensed daycare with negligence.

The story began last week when mothers and fathers arrived at Happy Child Day Care, run out of a private home on Withrow Ave. in the Pape and Gerrard area.

They were shocked to discover the doors had been locked and that the facility had been closed by order of the Ministry of Child Services.

Police had been called to the centre on April 23rd to investigate claims that a child left at the home had been injured.

Rumours about what happened have been circulating ever since, but now cops have finally revealed details about what they say happened behind those doors.

They allege a 22-month-old boy was bitten 18 times by another youngster at the facility and that the injuries left the tot with prominent bruising, swelling and in some cases, broken skin.

It’s not clear where owner Gloria De Melo was when the alleged incident took place, but detectives probing the case found enough evidence to lay charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm against her.

Parents refuse to believe it’s warranted and continue to defend De Melo and the service she offers.

“We found a good care giver,” insisted Louise Hypher when told about the shutdown last week.

The 36-year-old Vaughan resident surrendered to officers at 55 Division Monday morning and made an early court appearance Tuesday at College Park courts.

Her daycare remains closed as investigators continue their probe, but authorities maintain it’s because it wasn’t properly licensed – and not as a result of the current case.

They’re trying to find out if there are any other parents who may have noticed their own children suffering from unexplained injuries after being at Happy Child. And they’re asking those people to call them at (416) 808-5505 or Crime Stoppers at (416) 222-TIPS.