Connecticut daycare owner locked baby in crawl space for four hours, cops say

WATERBURY, Conn. -- A Connecticut daycare center owner was arrested after allegedly locking a baby girl in a crawl space for four hours, the Connecticut Post reported.

Catalina Reyes strapped the six-month-old infant into a car seat and hid her in a basement crawl space so inspectors would not see that the center was over its capacity, police in Waterbury, Conn., said.

The 54-year-old was arrested Wednesday after a public health inspector heard the baby crying and found her in the car seat, in a crawl space behind a locked door, according to the newspaper.

Authorities believe the baby was confined in the small space for up to four hours, with no supervision, food or drink.

Reyes, who was reportedly running the daycare center out of her Waterbury home, was charged with risk of injury to a minor and released on $5,000 bail.

None of the children at the center were injured in the incident.

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