Day care provider's license suspended

Police say marijuana, guns found during raid

April 04, 2000|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

State officials suspended the license yesterday of a Reisterstown day care provider who was charged Friday with drug possession and keeping a gun within reach of children.

"We have issued an emergency suspension, and we have notified the parents," said Elyn Jones, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Resources.

Baltimore County police said they charged Teresa M. Dilsner, 36, of the 500 block of Glen Granite Road after finding marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a handgun on top of a refrigerator in her house. Dilsner was a licensed day care provider who worked out of her home.

Jones said officials have up to 45 days to decide whether to take further action or reinstate her license.

Dilsner's husband, Richard, declined to comment yesterday. Teresa Dilsner was released from the Baltimore County Detention Center after posting $2,500 bail.

Dilsner received a day care license in January 1993. It was reissued in January 1995, when she moved to her Glen Granite address. The license allows her to care for up to eight children, Jones said.

State inspectors visited Dilsner's home each time a license was issued and found no problems, Jones said.

Day care licenses come up for renewal every two years, and inspections are performed before a new license is granted, she said. The General Assembly approved legislation in October that added a surprise investigation between renewals.

Inspectors look at everything from the safety of the site to food selection for children. They examine only rooms to which children have access, Jones said.

Dilsner's home was last inspected in January 1999. Jones refused to release that report, but said "there were no concerns at that inspection."

According to charging documents, police searched the house Friday as part of a five-month drug investigation in Reisterstown.

Police found six bags of marijuana in various parts of the house, and a container of marijuana on Dilsner's night stand, according to charging documents.

Officers also found 13 handguns and 20 shotguns locked in the basement during their search, police said.

"There is nothing wrong with that, provided those guns are in a secure location," Jones said.

Also home at the time of the search were the couple's 10-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son.

According to charging documents, Dilsner's son told police that the six bags were his, and that he was planning to sell them. He also was arrested, but the charges against him were sealed because he is a juvenile.

To receive a license, a day care provider must attend an orientation program, take nine hours of child health and development courses, and pass a criminal background check and medical examination.

Any adult living at the house must also pass a criminal investigation, Jones said. None of the Dilsners has a criminal record.

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