Daycare owner strapped children in baby car seats with shoelaces tied around their necks for 7 hours every day
60-year-old Rebecca Anderson's abuse was uncovered after a father of a child saw the abuse in footage captured through a hidden camera he fastened onto his child's car seat
A Texas daycare owner accused of allegedly shutting children in her bedroom closet after confining them to their car seats has been arrested, according to reports.
The woman, identified as 60-year-old Rebecca Anderson, was reportedly charged with nine counts of endangering a child on Friday after being accused of physically restraining children at her in-home facility. She has also been accused of giving them Tylenol, used for mild to moderate pain relief, according to reports.
Authorities were alerted about Anderson after a father of a six-month-old boy dropped his child off at Anderson's Mesquite, Texas home and saw the abuse in footage captured through a hidden camera he fastened onto his child's car seat.
When he saw the footage after picking the boy up and found Anderson yanking the child out of his car seat and administering him a substance with a plastic syringe, according to NBCDFW reports. Anderson was also filmed yanking the child by his bib.
Police officials then got a search warrant on Friday and, when they reached the house, they found three children in their car seats locked in the closet and one more in the master bathroom.
Reports state that the children had shoelace-like ties around their necks which had to be cut off to free them. Anderson reportedly said that she put the restraints on to restrict the children's movement inside the house.
When authorities asked her how many children were inside the house, she lied to them and said there were only five. Police officials, however, later found an additional four children in the house.
Anderson, while talking to the investigators, admitted to leaving the children in their car seats for nearly seven hours a day and also admitted to giving all of them Tylenol. Police said that the woman administered unnecessary doses of the drug which may have put these children at risk, according to reports.
The investigation is reportedly ongoing and is "a collaborative effort between multiple agencies and care providers." Anderson is currently in prison and is being held at $45,000 bond in Mesquite.