BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) — The owner of a Beaver County daycare is facing charges, accused of leaving a 6-month-old in her care alone in a parking lot.
Jackson’s Temple Christian Daycare used to operate out of a home on Seventh Avenue in Beaver Falls, but no more. It’s been shut down.
The owner’s husband can’t understand why.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” said Henry Jackson. “We’ve been in business 14 years; we never did anything like this before. One of those incidents that happened; wasn’t nothing my wife was trying to do to hurt someone.”
The trouble came when owner, Shirley Jackson, was accused of leaving the 6-month-old baby inside an SUV in a Save-A-Lot in Beaver Falls.
Police say no one was watching the baby. A witness claims the child was alone for at least 20 minutes and was crying.
Even so, Jackson’s husband is defending the owner of the daycare center.
“She’d never hurt no kids, cause she loved kids,” he said. “And that’s why I don’t understand the whole situation. I don’t understand.”
Jackson is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
So for now, the state Department of Public Welfare has shut the daycare center down.
Shirley Jackson is headed to court.