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Colorado Daycare Provider Charged After Police Find Dozens Of Kids Behind Fake Wall In Basement

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A Colorado woman was arrested this week. The daycare center she ran was found to be unfit back in November.

What made Carla Faith’s Play Mountain Place facility in Colorado Springs problematic?

The fact that she was keeping 26 children hidden behind a fake wall in her basement.

Two others were also arrested in connection with the day care operation.

The horrifying situation was discovered by police back on November 13 when they went to check Faith’s facility on suspicions of overcrowding. Play Mountain Place is only licensed for six children.

Its license has since been suspended by Colorado’s Department of Human Services.

In the basement, they found the 26 kids—all of them under the age of 2—along with two adults, Christina Swauger and Katelynn Nelson. According to an arrest warrant obtained by local paper The Gazette, most of the children were dehydrated and in soiled diapers.

Upon their arrival, Faith told police there were no children in the facility because they were at a park, and her daycare had no basement. When police spied a large stack of backpacks in a closet, Faith claimed they belonged to a soccer team and she volunteered to clean them for the team.

Officers then heard music and crying coming from the basement, leading to the discovery of the children downstairs, behind a wall which hid a secret staircase that led to the basement area in which the kids were held.

Faith also operates two other daycare facilities in the Colorado Springs area, which were ordered closed and are now also under investigation. She was booked on Monday on charges of suspicion of reckless child abuse without injury and attempt to influence a public servant.

The parents of the children reported having no idea their kids were being kept in the basement, nor that Faith was caring for so many kids at once.

One parent, speaking to local CBS affiliate KKTV, described finding her child in the secret basement in detail that is nothing short of harrowing.

“Yesterday, I picked my child up from a small, dingy room in a basement that I had never before seen where 26 children were crowded together amidst empty juice box containers, graham cracker crumbs and various children’s blankets and lovies.”

“The room smelled of unchanged diapers and several of the kids were crying…”

“To say I am shocked, overwhelmed and feeling utterly betrayed is an understatement as prior to yesterday I had nothing but rave reviews for this place and the caregivers.”

The horrifying story had people on social media outraged and terrified. 

People were especially upset to learn that this is not Faith’s first offense, and that one of her other employees was also found in possession of crystal meth.

Faith posted $3000 bail, and will appear in court on January 2.

Here’s hoping the system does its job and prevents Faith from hurting any more children.


Written by John Sundholm

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