Officials: Owner leaves sleeping children ages 1-9 locked in daycare

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Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Karen Jones, the owner of Karen's Kiddie Korner, was arrested Friday after investigators say she left nine children alone, locked inside.

9:00 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An Augusta woman is behind bars after investigators say she left nine children unattended at a local daycare center.

Karen Jones, owner of Karen's Kiddie Corner, was seen getting into a black in color Mercedes by a fire inspector who was overseeing the property about 3 p.m. She drove away from the property leaving the children alone and locked inside the daycare, most of whom were found to be sleeping at the time.

The fire inspector tried to gain entry into the building, but all entrances were locked. He told investigators that he saw several children up and walking around the daycare unsupervised with no adult presence. The oldest child was nine years old, and the youngest child was only a year old.

Around 3:30 p.m., Jones' daughter arrived at the daycare center when she got off the school bus and unlocked the side door, allowing investigators access to the children inside who appeared unharmed.

Karen Jones was arrested when she returned and charged with five counts of reckless conduct. The children were returned to their parents.

Jones is currently being booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center, a mugshot is forthcoming.

4:00 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators have arrested a woman after nine kids were found left unattended at a local daycare center.

The kids were left alone in a locked Karen's Kiddie Korner on 2533 Deans Bridge Road in Augusta. The woman, currently unidentified, is facing multiple counts of child cruelty.

Richmond County Sheriff's Office and Augusta Fire Department were on scene for over two hours Friday afternoon. Parents were soon able to pick up their children.

The Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office are currently investigating the incident.

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