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Day care owner charged with child abuse

Posted July 20, 2009
Updated July 21, 2009

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— A woman who runs an in-home day care center has been charged with felony child abuse and been ordered not to operate the center until the case is resolved.

Cheryl Alston, 53, the owner of Cheryl's Infant & Toddler Preschool at 202 Jubilee Drive, was arrested last week after a child suffered head injuries, said Sgt. Troy Comar of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. He declined to elaborate on how the child was injured.

The injury was initially reported to paramedics on May 1 as a cardiac arrest, and the child was taken to UNC Hospitals. After physicians diagnosed the head injury, authorities investigated the case and charged Alston, Comar said.

"It was intentional physical harm that caused the condition," Comar said.

An attorney for the child's family said the child, who is 7 months old, suffered massive brain injuries and lost his vision. The family has filed suit against Alston in Durham, attorney John McCabe said.

The state Division of Child Development suspended the license for Alston's day care on May 4, officials said.

Alston was released on a $60,000 bond, but a condition of her release is that she not care for any minors. Her next court date is set for Aug. 3.

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  • bonnnie Jul 20, 2009

    I am so glad I donnot have a child in daycare. You donnot know what goes on there if you are not there. God look after the children!

  • gandalla Jul 20, 2009

    I just checked the states child care website. It doesnt even look like this lady was licensed to run a daycare

  • SME2 Jul 20, 2009

    Professor I do not think you know how much "Good" childcare costs. Also this woman may have been sweet as pie to their faces and had an impeccably clean facility and this was the first time she got caught. I personally think all state licensed care facilities should have webcams installed. It would give parents piece of mind and protect workers when true accidents happen.

    My son(4)/daughter(3 months) will be going to a home daycare starting in September and it is going to cost us $1300.00 per month. That's $150 a week per child and a steal for the loving environment they'll be in.

    While it was our decision to have a second child...quality care should not cost more than my mortgage and car payment combined.

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    I wonder how many parents are actually checking their day-care out? Some parents never learn and assume it will not happen to them.

  • Journey985 Jul 20, 2009

    Maybe someone should drop her on her head a few times and see how she likes it!! Picking on a defeseless baby. If you don't have the paitence to care for an infant, then don't run a daycare!!!

  • donnied1952 Jul 20, 2009

    The fact that she was released on ANY Bond at all is totally unacceptable. That child's brain and sight can never be replaced. She is so lucky that that is not my child. She certainly would not want to be out of jail on bond.
    There is a special place in hell for people like her. To hurt a defenseless child is unforgiveable in my book.

  • Willows cuppycakes Jul 20, 2009

    this is why my kids WOULD NEVER and have never been in a daycare

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    SOME PARENTS DO NOT CARE WHO KEEPS THEIR CHILDREN AS LONG AS THE CHILDREN ARE OUT OF THEIR WAY. THAT'S SAD BUT REALLY TRUE.

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    PARENTS CHECK YOUR DAY-CARE OUT TODAY. DON'T ASSUME NOTHING. DON'T BE SORRY YOUR DIDN'T TOMORROW. IT MAY BE TO LATE AND HARM WILL BE WITH YOUR CHILD. DO IT TODAY.

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    PARENTS BE WISE IN WHO YOU LEAVE YOUR CHILD WITH. CHECK THE DAY-CARE OUT. WALK IN WITHOUT NOTIFYING THE CARE-TAKER. GET A POLIC REPORT ON THE DAY CARE WORKER BEFORE LEAVING YOUR CHILD. ITS PLENTY YOU CAN DO TO MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS SAFE.

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