The San Antonio Express News has this story of the continued descent of state of childcare in Texas:
SEALY — State child welfare officials said they found children stashed in a shed at an in-home daycare operation Wednesday in Sealy. The children — locked in the storage shed with gasoline, lawn equipment and insecticides — appear to be unharmed, Sealy police said.
The Child Welfare officials have a funny definition of “unharmed.” If you lock me up in a dark shed in 100 degree temperatures with a can of venting gasoline in the corner, I think the terror alone would leave me less than “unharmed”.
Koehn said that Freddie Patek is charged with tampering with physical evidence because he hid the kids and his wife is charged with six counts of endangering a child.
I thought the kids were “unharmed”– yet we’re charging the wife with endangering a child. Funny. No, no agenda in this article. Nope.
“It’s really, really frightening about what could have happened,” said Gwen Carter, spokeswoman for Texas Child Protective Services. “Anything could have happened.”
Yeah — if your Keystone Cops investigators had stayed for tea, the kids might have been out ther for hours in the heat and fumes.
Officials said a concerned citizen Wednesday alerted the department that too many children were at the facility. When department investigators visited the home, they found children inside a shed, in the backyard and several rooms in the home, Carter said. Carter said that about 14 children — toddlers to preteens — were found at the facility, which is licensed to care for only three children at a time.
Fourteen children — when you’re only licensed for three; scattered all over the house and yard. That rules out the “Playing-hide-and-Seek” Theory.
The children’s parents were called to pick them up and the facility was shut down pending the outcome of an investigation, Carter said. The inquiry could take up to 30 days.
And here is problem number one: Thirty-Freaking-Days??? When they found them caring for ten more children than they are licensed for? And had six of them padlocked in a shed in 100 degree heat??? What kind of incompetent, moronic, imbecilic bureaucrat needs a full freaking month to judge the merits of THAT case?
Carter said Marietta Patek once was registered to run a daycare center at her home that could care for up to 12 children. She closed that operation in 2001. In 2003, she opened what was supposed to be a smaller-scale daycare operation.
And here is problem number two: They have been doing this, with malice aforethought — for the last six years — and have been cited for problems before.
And the Texas CPS has never re-inspected the place since?
I can guarantee you there is a serious “transparency” problem — I’ve been looking for the last week, and can’t find who’s running that operation on the Internet anywhere.
Governor Perry, take note. This is a longstanding problem that is NOT getting any better.