Police Arrest Daycare Director on Child Neglect Charges for Leaving Child in Van

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SUSPECT: Sonja P. Anderson, B/F, 10/132/73, 8527 Fishlake Road, Tampa
CHARGES: Child Neglect

LOCATION OF INCIDENT: Adventure Center Daycare, 6501 North Central Avenue

The suspect picked up a three-year old boy from his home on 3/3/11 at 8:00 a.m. and transported him to the Adventure Center Daycare at 8:15 a.m. The suspect locked the child inside the van and then went into the facility. At 11:00 a.m. a child care licensing inspector discovered the boy locked in the van. The suspect did not remember what she did after entering the daycare, however detectives determined that she signed a log stating the child was checked into the daycare. The suspect failed to provide the victim with the care and supervision to maintain the child's well being. On 3/7/11, officers responded to the suspect's home address just before 3:00 p.m. and arrested her without incident. She was transported to the Orient Road Jail.

Detectives are continuing to investigate another incident with the same child being locked in the same van. This incident involves a different employee of the daycare. Since it was reported six days after the incident, the investigation has been lengthier.

Laura McElroy