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Day care provider accused of putting girl, 4, in closet, tying her hands

A Woodbridge day-care provider who allegedly tied a 4-year-old girl’s hands behind her back and placed the girl in an unlit utility closet as punishment is facing criminal charges, Prince William County police said Monday.

Valerie Caye Hjort, 56, of the 1900 block of Brooke FarmCourt allegedly bound the girl Aug. 22 and put her in the closet for 10 minutes, police said. Hjort runs a licensed day-care program at her home.

Other children were in day care with Hjort at the time of the alleged offense, but no other abuse was reported, police said. Police arrested Hjort after they presented a warrant and searched her home.

Hjort is charged with abduction and abuse and neglect of children, police said. She is being held without bond.

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