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.

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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.

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“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.

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