Former operator of day care gets fine, probation

August 17, 1998|By Robert Little | Robert Little,SUN STAFF

A Howard County woman has been ordered to pay $500 in fines and serve a year of probation for operating a home day care center despite having her license revoked for "repeated, serious violations" of state day care standards.

Katrina Anderson, 28, of Footed Ridge in Columbia, pleaded guilty to operating an unregistered day care center. Howard County District Court Judge Alice P. Clark ordered a $1,000 fine and $55 in court costs, but suspended all but $500.

District Court records show that Anderson once operated a licensed child care center from her home, but that her license was revoked by an administrative judge in June 1995. The records do not detail the circumstances that led to the revocation, but said that "the health, safety and welfare of a child in her home is threatened."

Investigators for the state Child Care Administration later saw at least three parents pick up small children at Anderson's home. When interviewed by investigators, the parents said they did not know Anderson's license had been revoked, the records said. In a letter to the court, Anderson said she stopped providing child care in July 1997, when she became a state correctional officer.

"Maryland has more than 14,000 providers who have met the licensing and regulation requirements to improve the quality of child care," said Linda Heisner, executive director of the Child Care Administration, in a news release about the case. "We must continue to identify those who fail to adhere to regulations put in place to protect our children."

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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