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Pr. William police charge Manassas illegal daycare owner with child abuse

A Manassas woman has been charged with endangering children in the latest in a spate of home day care-related incidents in Prince William County.

Tara Angelyn Loop, 38, was caring for six children in her home in the 8500 block of Somersworth Drive in Manassas when police arrived Oct. 2, authorities say. All of the children were younger than 2, and authorities found that three of the children in Loop’s care were unsupervised in a separate room.

Called “Growing Minds Daycare,” Loop also, according to police, allegedly made her 16-year-old daughter endure long work hours to care for the children. As a result, Loop was charged with three counts of cruelty and injuries to children for leaving the three children unsupervised, and an additional cruelty and injury charge for the treatment of her daughter, police say.

The day care was unlicensed, police say. The children in the day care were returned to their parents or guardian.

While the three children left alone in a separate room did not endure physical abuse, at their age, they need to be supervised at all times, said Officer Jonathan Perok, a police department spokesman. “These are kids that can’t walk, they can’t talk, they need to be properly supervised,” he said.

The charges are the latest in a spate of issues at home day cares in Prince William where providers had failed, in some cases, to obtain the proper permits from state authorities, and police uncovered alleged illegal activity when they investigated, according to authorities.

Loop is being held on a $4,000 secured bond and her court date was not available.

In March, caregivers were charged with operating an illegal day care after 3-month-old Teagan Sample of Bristow died. In that case, police do not believe that the caregivers were responsible for the child’s death. Then, in June, a man was charged with the sexual assault of a 3-year-old at a licensed day care in Woodbridge.

Most recently, in September, county officials investigating an unlicensed home day-care facility found children younger than 1 strapped in car seats, including one left in a bathroom and one in a closet, according to police, who charged two caregivers.

Perok said that police do not believe any of the incidents are related and that officers investigate all complaints.


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