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COLORADO SPRINGS — After nearly two years since the arresting incident, Carla Faith, the owner of now shut-down Play Mountain Place Daycare in Colorado Springs, has learned the outcome of her trial.
Carla Faith was found guilty on 26 counts of misdemeanor child abuse, attempting to influence and public servant and running an unlicensed child care facility.
Christina Swauger, one of Faith’s employees, was also found guilty on 26 counts of misdemeanor child abuse, and guilty of attempting to influence a public servant.
Both women will each serve between three to twelve months in jail for each count of child’s abuse charges, two to six years in prison for attempt to influence a public servant and for Faith, also an up to $500 fine for running an unlicensed daycare.
Faith, Swauger, and Katelynn Nelson, who has a warrant out for her arrest, were charged with more than two dozen counts of misdemeanor child abuse and a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant.
Nelson is facing an additional charge for possession of a controlled substance. She will eventually stand trial.
In a November 2019 raid, DHS investigators, working with officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department, found 26 children and two adults in unacceptable conditions. The entire group had been hidden behind what police called a “false wall” in the basement of a personal home on the property of Play Mountain Place.
“26 children were found down there, and it was confirmed,” one parent said of the raid at the time. “It’s just beyond comprehension.”
CSPD Officer Janel Langdon-Issac responded on the day of the raid and, despite Faith’s illustrated efforts to thwart law enforcement from discovering the children she’d hidden, recovered the group and ensured their safety.
Sentencing for Faith and Swauger is set for October 21 at 1:30 p.m. Their bonds were revoked and both women were remanded into custody.
Colorado background checks revealed Faith’s employees generally had criminal histories and should never have been hired to work in a daycare facility.
“There were employees there completely unqualified. All sorts of terrible stuff in their background” said another parent.
Some of the victim’s parents want a national database for cases like this so people like Faith and Swauger can’t commit similar crimes in other states.
Parents who are seeking childcare for their children are encouraged to use Colorado Shines, a state-run website.