A former College Park day-care provider, already accused of sexually molesting three girls in her care, was indicted by a grand jury yesterday on additional charges stemming from the alleged abuse of a young boy.
Gloria Tippett, 46, whose day-care facility at 5111 Mineola Rd. was shut down in March, was indicted in Prince George's County on one count each of child abuse, third-degree sex offense, and assault and battery.
Her father, John A. Tippett, 69, was indicted yesterday on the same three charges. Authorities said Gloria Tippett allegedly restrained an 8-year-old boy in her care while John Tippett molested the youth numerous times over a five-month period beginning in July 1989.
Gloria Tippett already is under indictment for allegedly sexually molesting a 4-year-old girl and two sisters, ages 4 and 10. Tippett's father has not been charged in those alleged abuse incidents.
Gloria Tippett's attorney, Sean Cleary, said Tippett was "shocked" to learn of the new charges last night.
"She couldn't believe it," Cleary said of his client, whose Circuit Court trial on the original charges is set for Sept. 27. "She doesn't know when this will end, and she can't wait for it to end."
The first indictment, issued April 17 by a different grand jury, charged Gloria Tippett with three counts each of child abuse, third-degree sex offense, and assault and battery.
She pleaded not guilty then, and will do so again, Cleary said.
Cleary said he does not represent Tippett's father, of Laurel, who could not be reached for comment.
Child abuse, the most serious charge against the father and daughter, is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.