Daycare Provider Pleads Guilty to Child Neglect
The daycare provider who allegedly drank alcohol and allowed a toddler in her care to wander into a Sandstone highway, has pleaded guilty to child neglect.
Carrie Ann Richardson, 56, has been charged with one count of neglecting a child and one count of endangering a child. Richardson has not entered a plea in the latter charge.
According to complaint filed by the County Attorney in Pine County, Richardson consumed alcohol and prescription medication while providing daycare services to the 21-month-old girl.
In June, the little girl was found wandering Highway 23 about a block away from the daycare. Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole said a Good Samaritan saw the little girl and called 911.
A search for the girl's parents lead deputies to the daycare.
According to the complaint, deputies found an open gate to a play area at the daycare. The filing said Richardson was unaware she was missing a child until deputies brought it to her attention.
Cole said deputies noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from Richardson. A field sobriety test was given and Richardson's breath alcohol content at 4:08 p.m. was .114, according to the court document.
Richardson gave a voluntary statement to deputies saying she had drank four mixed vodka drinks. She had also taken cough medication.
In her statement, Richardson said she had been drinking because she was having a bad day.