Sandstone, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A daycare provider from Sandstone who was intoxicated when a 2-year-old girl in her care was found walking alone on a busy highway has been charged.
56-year-old Carrie Ann Richardson was charged late Friday with one count of Child Endangerment and one count of Child Neglect in connection with the incident on June 12 where the child left the daycare through an open gate and was nearly hit by a car while walking in traffic on Highway 23.
Authorities were called after a woman ran out of her house to take the child to safety.
According to the criminal complaint, Richardson was completely unaware that the child was missing. Deputies asked her how many children were supposed to have been at the daycare. Richardson pointed at each child and counted out loud until she came to nine and gave the deputy a final number of nine. The deputy inquired if she was sure she was not missing a younger girl. The defendant then recounted the children and stated that she was supposed to have ten children in her care. The deputy asked the defendant if she knew where the tenth child was- to which Richardson replied "no, do you?"
Deputies on scene detected the smell of alcohol on Richardson's breath and performed a breath test- which measured her blood alcohol content of .114.
According to the criminal complaint, Richardson also admitted drinking cough syrup. The complaint states that she originally told officers she had three to four glasses of wine, but she was unable to recover the empty wine bottle.
Richardson then admitted she lied and had actually started consuming Smirnov Vokda around one in the afternoon on June 12. The criminal complaint states that Richardson said she had been drinking because she was stressed out over going on vacation soon, planning a garage sale and other things in her personal life.
The Building Blocks Daycare was closed immediately by Pine County Protection Services.
Parents of the children were notified and picked up their kids before the scene was cleared.
The child endangerment and child neglect charges are punishable by one year in jail and a fine of $3,000. No further charges are anticipated for Richardson at this time.
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