Daycare provider charged with striking child
La PORTE – A woman who runs a daycare from her La Porte home is facing a felony charge for striking one of the children in her care, according to La Porte Police.
Billy Sue Krueger, 29, was arrested May 9 and charged with a Level 6 felony charge of battery on a person less than 14, according to court records.
On April 10, a woman told police that Krueger had slapped and struck her 4-year-old son at the daycare in the 200 block of Roosevelt Street, according to a La Porte Police report.
The mother told police she had been taking her two children, the boy and a 7-month-old sibling to the daycare, and when she picked them up on April 10, older child had red marks on his face and cut on upper and lower lip, according to the report.
When she asked the boy who did it, he said, “Billy,” she told police. According to the report, the boy said he had “clogged the toilet and Billy got mad.” She slapped him in the face twice and “bopped him in the mouth twice,” he said.
The woman said she texted Krueger about the incident, but got no response.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the La Porte County Prosecutor’s office, the officer said the boy was “slapped in the mouth and face, causing a split lip, and swelling to the face.”
A warrant for Krueger’s arrest was issued on May 2, and she was arrested May 9 at the La Porte County Jail, court records show.
She appeared the following day in La Porte Circuit Court and pleaded not guilty. She was released on a $755 cash bond, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for July 10.
The boy’s grandmother said, “My grandson was abused at a private home daycare in La Porte and the provider was arrested. ... It is important to our family that the other parents in La Porte are made aware as she continued to have children in her care up until the time of her arrest. We want to ensure that the public is aware so no further harm comes to a child in her care.”