MESQUITE, TX (AP/CNN) – The owner of a Dallas-area in-home daycare center has been jailed on child endangerment charges after she was accused of keeping infants and toddlers tied to their car seats for hours.
An arrest warrant affidavit alleges that Rebecca Anderson kept the small children tied up in car seats for at least seven hours a day at her Mesquite, Texas, day care center, Becky’s Home Child Care.
The affidavit also says the 60-year-old woman yanked a 6-month-old child by the bib around his neck, tying laces around the young children’s necks to limit their movement and giving them acetaminophen to quiet them.
Neighbors say they sometimes heard children screaming in Anderson’s house.
“It just kind of concerned me the way the kids sounded when the parents dropped them off. It alarmed me to where I was like why are they sounding like that,” said Susan Geldmeier, who lives nearby.
She was booked Sunday night into the Dallas County jail on nine counts of child endangerment with bonds totaling $45,000.
Jail records list no attorney for her.