Parker child care operator arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death

A Parker woman who allegedly operated an unlicensed child care service from her home has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.

Amanda Anderson, 34, was taken into custody at about 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. She was held on a $50,000 bond.

On the afternoon of Aug. 26 deputies were sent to 14166 Lexington Drive on a “medical assist” involving a 3-month-old child, according to a news release.

South Metro Fire Rescue personnel took the infant, who was unconscious and not breathing, to a local hospital where the baby was pronounced dead.

At the time of the incident, the infant was under Anderson’s care, the sheriff’s office said. Prior to the incident, Anderson had been served five cease and desist orders from the Colorado Department of Human Services in connection with the child care operation. Since the child’s death, Anderson has been served two additional cease and desist orders.

A complaint report with CDHS said that there were 16 children at the home at the time of the incident, most of them toddlers. Officials said the child care center was not licensed.

An investigation is ongoing.

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