Police find 26 children behind false wall at day care

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KDVR) — The state has suspended the license for Play Mountain Place day care in Colorado Springs after 26 children were found behind a false wall in the owner’s basement.

All of the children are under the age of three, according to FOX40 sister station KDVR.

The owner, 58-year-old Carla Faith, is being investigated. A total of three adult workers were arrested, but those charges were canceled pending an ongoing investigation.

On Wednesday, the department asked Colorado Springs police to assist with a welfare check at the day care after they received a complaint about the number of children the day care was housing. When officers arrived, they didn’t find any children.

When they contacted the owner at her residence on the same property, she refused to cooperate. But officers could hear the children inside her home.

They eventually found a false wall that led to the basement where they located the children.

Police have not released information regarding the identities of the children or said if they were at all related to Faith.

The Colorado Springs Police Department has taken over the criminal portion of the investigation while all licensing matters are being handled by Colorado’s Department of Human Services. The department is also investigating other licensed facilities that are owned by Faith.

Anyone with any information about this case or any others is encouraged to contact the childcare complaint line at 1-800-799-5876.

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