Waukesha police investigate child care abuse allegations; 4 workers arrested
Waukesha municipal police are investigating a report of child abuse at the Lawrence School in the city.
Police in Waukesha said earlier in the week that they had received many accusations of child abuse. As a result of their investigation, a search warrant was issued and carried out on Wednesday morning to secure evidence.
Waukesha police Capt. Dan Baumann said, “We wanted to acquire evidence, particularly the digital data that might have some information on it.”
According to the police, four employees have been detained.
Three of them were arrested and freed pending referral to the district attorney’s office to face possible failure to protect charges.
The staff member arrested for allegedly abusing a child is identified as Heather Miller, with over 25 years of child care experience. This was public information gathered on the Waukesha County Jail inmates list along with The Lawrence School staff directory. pic.twitter.com/qbM8V57Vow— Waukesha Alerts (@WaukeshaAlerts) September 15, 2022
An employee was taken into custody and lodged in the Waukesha County Jail after being recommended for prosecution on child abuse accusations.
They emailed parents around 9:25 a.m. on Wednesday, according to WISN 12 News, saying they had to shut down and that children should be picked up immediately.
On Wednesday morning, concerned parents trickled in to take up their kids. The procedure, according to the police, was calculated.
“As we had had trouble recognizing family members due to misunderstandings in communication in the past, we were extra cautious this time. The process of reuniting these children with their families needed to go smoothly, and we were careful to avoid any hiccups or missteps, “According to Baumann.
There are before and after school programs available, and the center has state certification to care for up to 100 children between the ages of six months and twelve. In addition, the Waukesha School District has been made publically aware of terminating its partnership with the organization over one 4K class.
Wisconsin law prohibits operations at more than 150% of capacity, which was exceeded at the time.
The Lawrence School was violated during an April state inspection due to insufficient documentation of child abuse and neglect training among the teaching staff.
The state license for the facility is now under review.
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