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2 Kiddie Academy employees in Rancho Cucamonga arrested after their baby was taken to hospital with a fractured skull – CBS Los Angeles

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2 Kiddie Academy employees in Rancho Cucamonga arrested after their baby was taken to hospital with a fractured skull – CBS Los Angeles

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA (ASFC) — Two Rancho Cucamonga daycare workers were arrested on suspicion of child abuse in the death of an 8-month-old baby.

(Maldonado (left) and Ferra (right)/Photo Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

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Rudie Megan Maldonado, 29, of San Bernardino, was arrested Wednesday, while Felicia Ann Ferra, 50, of Yorba Linda, was arrested Thursday, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Jail records. Both women have been released on bail and no court date has yet been set for them.

The two were arrested following an investigation into the injury of an eight-month-old baby boy who was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Loma Linda University Medical Center on September 4, 2021 with a skull fracture. A report from someone close to the situation told CBS that the baby was recovering.

The little boy had attended Kiddie Academy, 7220 Victoria Park Lane, Rancho Cucamonga. Authorities say investigators determined the two women conspired to cover up the boy’s injuries and neglect of his well-being.

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Investigators believe there may be more victims who may have been abused, so authorities released the booking photos of Maldonado and Ferra.

Several parents, who spoke to CBS reporters off-camera, admitted they weren’t surprised at all by the disturbing news. Many of these same parents have removed their children from daycare after witnessing questionable acts, including a teacher pulling a little girl in the classroom by the leg. The person who witnessed this incident was afraid to report it, due to his undocumented immigrant status.

Another mother reported that her child seemed frightened every time they arrived, saying she was often left alone in a room with the other 24 children at the daycare, with no teacher in sight – or even one to watch them. The same mother also noted that on several occasions she had seen babies lying unattended on the floor with no pillows, blankets or cushions nearby, and one of the babies was also lying in front of a door.

In response to the incident, Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising issued a statement which read:

“We are aware of the serious allegations against an assistant teacher and the principal of Kiddie Academy at Rancho Cucamonga. We are committed to working with franchise owners to ensure full cooperation with local authorities. As an organization, there is nothing more important than creating environments where a child’s intellectual, emotional and physical development thrives. We remain committed to ensuring that all franchisees maintain world-class standards.

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Anyone with information about the investigation can contact Deputy Roger Alfaro at (909) 387-3615.

2 Kiddie Academy employees in Rancho Cucamonga arrested after their baby was taken to hospital with a fractured skull – CBS Los Angeles

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