Day-care provider charged with child neglect

A Prince William County day-care provider was charged with felony child neglect after two children wandered out of her house and into the neighborhood.

Maleighia G. Shockey, 23, of the 16000 block of Fairway Drive in Montclair was charged with two counts of felony child neglect. She was released on a $2,500 unsecured bond.

Police said a 1-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl were found walking alone by a passerby in the Montclair neighborhood about 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 9. Police responded to the call in the area of Ashgrove and Dolphin drives, and were tipped off that Shockey ran a day-care business in the community.

Police said the children were outside for about an hour and, according to a map, had wandered about 500 feet from Shockey’s home.

When police arrived at Shockey’s house, there were five other children in her care, said Jonathan Perok, a Prince William police spokesman. Shockey told police she was unaware that the children were gone.

The girls were not harmed and were returned to family members, police said. Prince William Child Protective Services was notified about the case. Prince William county officials said the girls had been in Shockey’s care for 10 months.

Home day-care providers who have more than five children are required to have a license from the state. Because day care businesses are not regulated at the local level, county officials said it is uncertain whether Shockey had the required license.

Police did not release information about a court date for Shockey.

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