COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Officials investigating complaints about a day care in Colorado Springs found more than two dozen children — all under the age of 3 — behind a false wall that led to the basement of the owner’s home. Police say the owner, 58-year-old Carla Faith, refused to cooperate with officers.

Carla Faith's property in Colorado Springs

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The Department of Human Services asked the Colorado Springs Police Department to help with a welfare check at the Play Mountain Place on Willamette Avenue on Wednesday. Officials say they received complaints that the facility was housing more children in their care than their license allowed.

When officers arrived, they didn’t find any children at the licensed facility. But when officers tried to contact the owner at her residence, which is located on the same property, they said they could hear children making noise.

“During their investigation, officers found a false wall that led to the home’s basement,” investigators stated. “When officers walked down the stairs, they located two adults and 26 kids inside a finished basement, all of [whom] were under the age of three-years-old.”

Carla Faith's property in Colorado Springs where she ran Play Mountain Place.

Carla Faith’s property in Colorado Springs where she ran Play Mountain Place. (credit: CBS)

Three adults workers at the day care were arrested for misdemeanor child abuse relating to neglect; however, those charges were canceled by detectives pending further investigation. Faith was not arrested, “as detectives pursue appropriate charges.”

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The CSPD Crimes Against Children Unit is handling the criminal portion of the investigation; all licensing matters are being conducted through DHS.

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If you have concerns about a child care program or if you see something concerning, call the child care complaint line at 1-800-799-5876. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437). Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.

Families can search for licensed, quality child care online at ColoradoShines.com/search. Families may also call the Child Care Referral at Mile High United Way at 1-877-338-2273 or text ‘childcare referral’ to 898-211 to find quality care and learn more about the availability of care.

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  2. Sharp Shtik says:

    Ridiculous criminal charges for a simple civil matter of exceeding the size of permitted daycare.

    1. KT says:

      10 more kids than allowed by law and actually building a false wall to hide that from the parents who trusted her with their children.

      1. Patricia R Hayden-Reber says:

        I know her and I am also aware of the incident in California. Her and her husband knew that they were breaking the law in California and bought another house to continue breaking the law. While they were being investigated they hid the kids elsewhere so they wouldn’t be caught. This is all about making money and not paying the fees and taxes involved in running a daycare.

  3. Howba says:

    If the children were being cared for, under adult supervision, and it was not a hazardous environment, I don’t see child abuse. Sure, a violation of the child care license requirements, but unless there’s more to the story, I’m not certain these children were being abused in any way.

    1. KT says:

      How does one person adequately care for 13 toddlers and move them to safety in an emergency? It’s not that she they had 1 or 2 more than is legal, they had 10 more per caretaker, and she went through the trouble of building a false wall so she could hide the kids. She lost her license in California because she was doing the same thing. Her employees were even caught running down an alley with kids in tow, some with no shoes. If she couldn’t make money running a daycare the legal way, she should have found another source of income. All the parents trusted her with their children.

  4. dispatchdude says:

    Probably all high on pot.

    1. Doug Wise says:

      It isn’t the federal Department of Homeland Security. It is a state Welfare agency

  5. Brandon Mills says:

    Anyone who abuses children should be put to death.

  6. McMartin Preschool Manhattan Beach Ca 2.0

    1. Pepsi says:

      Yup, McMartin case was very very real, and they got away with it through prosecutorial misconduct and a massive propaganda campaign. All because not every single kid was molested. dozens of the toddlers had STDs and anal/vaginal tears, and they let them get away with it. J-ish prosecutor covered it all up. Then (((Oliver Stone))) made an HBO propaganda movie, based on a book written by a married couple of child pornographers, the Eberles.

      Note that Oliver Stone’s JFK movie was executive produced by the Israeli super-spy Arnon Milchan. They only made the JFK movie to direct attention away from the Israeli angle. Jack Ruby was a gun runner for Israel, just like Arnon Milchan. And Clay Shaw’s company was owned by a Mossad front company, run by the Mossad lawyer for the Bronfman family.

      And now Bronfman’s two granddaughters are on trial for running the NXIVM child sex trafficking cult.

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