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Texas daycare worker kept children restrained in closets

September 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas daycare worker kept children restrained in closets

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Texas daycare worker Rebecca Anderson drug children, kept kids restrained in closets.

A 60-year-old woman was taken into custody after she unnecessarily medicated and restricted multiple children at a home daycare in Mesquite, Texas.

Police arrested Rebecca Anderson last Saturday, one day after police carried out a search warrant at her home/daycare and discovered nine children inside, some of whom were tied up and restricted, according to the Washington Post.

Authorities said after further investigation it was alleged that Anderson not only harmed the children, but evidence indicated that she exposed them to unnecessary doses of over-the-counter medication, long periods of restricted movement, and poor sanitary coniditons.

The arrest warrant revealed the father of a 6-month-old child examined footage on Thursday recorded from a small camera that was fastened to the child’s car seat. The recording showed Anderson pull the boy out of the car seat, pick him up off the ground using the bib on his neck and gave him an “unknown substance using a plastic syringe.”

After the father brought the video to Mesquite authorities, investigators secured a search warrant for Anderson’s residence. Inside, officials discovered three children bound to plastic car seats in a dark master bedroom closet and one more child was found in the master bathroom.

Anderson initially told authorities that there were only five children in the home before the four others were located.

Anderson also confessed that “she had given Tylenol to all of the children,” the warrant stated, and that she left the children in the car seats for as long as seven hours a day.

The warrant also said investigators discovered “shoelace-like ligatures” around the children’s necks — some of which had to be cut off. Anderson acknowledged she tied the ligatures onto the children to restrict their movement.

The woman has been charged with nine counts of child endangerment and is facing a $5,000 bond for each charge. As of Tuesday, Anderson is in custody at the Dallas County Jail where she remains on $45,000 bond.

It is not clear if Anderson has obtained a lawyer, however, her daycare was licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

The probe into the accusations are ongoing and “is a collaborative effort between multiple agencies and care providers,” according to police.

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