For many parents, leaving their children at daycare is vital in order to work and make money. You may want to be a stay-at-home parent to avoid paying for daycare. However, doing so isn't a realistic option for a majority of parents. So, you have to go through the painstaking process of finding the right daycare. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try to find the right one, you may have ended up picking the wrong daycare facility.
In Wyoming, Ohio, one daycare owner has been arrested after allegedly passing out while having nine kids in her care. The woman in question has been identified as 42-year-old Julie Groteke. Not only did she allegedly do this, but her daycare was also an unlicensed childcare center.
According to court documents, the incident originally took place on Thursday, October 24th, 2019. That's when the grandmother of one of the children being looked after knocked on Groteke's door. Despite hearing children crying, nobody answered the door. The grandmother (who remains unnamed) managed to let herself into Groteke's home. That's when she found the daycare owner passed out on a couch inside of her living room.
"She’s passed out on the couch. She’s breathing, but we can’t wake her up. I’m here. Another parent is here, and then there’s lots of kids here," the grandmother told dispatchers in her 911 call.
Wyoming Police Department officers arrived to find nine children (excluding Groteke's biological children), and no other adults at home. Groteke was taken to Bethesda North Hospital, and Hamilton County Job and Family Services officials have both opened a child welfare investigation. The daycare has been been closed up.
Groteke has since been charged with nine counts of child endangerment. She has pled not guilty to all charges despite prosecutors revealing that her blood alcohol had been .328. She managed to get out of jail after posting her $45 000 USD bond ($5000 USD per child). A judge has also ordered that she cannot have contact with any children, save for her own. Her trial is expected to begin sometime in December, and it's unknown if she's retained an attorney at this time. Needless to say, it'll be interesting to see what all comes out at trial.