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Stamford day care owner accused of leaving kids alone surrenders license

August 22, 2018

STAMFORD — A day care owner accused of leaving six children unattended in her Strawberry Hill home has surrendered her license.

Bernanie Jean-Louis, who had been licensed to run Bernie’s Kiddys at her Wenzel Terrace home since 2004, was charged this week with six felony counts of risk of injury to a child after police say a state Department of Children and Families employee reported the children were left alone for about a half an hour on Monday.

Maggie Adair, director of community relations for the state Office of Early Childhood, said Wednesday Jean-Louis “voluntarily surrendered her license.” Since Jean-Louis gave up her license, Adair said she could not release information about the case. Adair said the investigation was nearly complete, but declined to say if the accusations were substantiated.

Police said a DCF employee conducting a check on one of the children under Louis’ care discovered the kids were left unattended for at least 25 minutes Monday afternoon.

In an interview with the Stamford Advocate on Tuesday, Jean-Louis admitted the children were left alone, but claimed it was only for a short time.

Jean-Louis, who is free on $5,000 bond, said she left the children — ranging in age from 11 months to 11 years old — with her 21-year-old daughter while she went to the pharmacy. She said her daughter left for work, but the children were only alone for the brief time it took her to drive about 200 yards from the traffic light on Hope Street to her Wenzel Terrace home.

Since the day care opened in 2004, Jean-Louis was cited once in July 2016 for not having three of the six children’s medical release forms, Adair said. The state’s last unannounced visit to Bernie’s Kiddys was on Feb. 16.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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