Daycare owner charged with battery

By CJ Cassidy

HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) - The owner of the Little Angels Learning Center in Harrisburg, Illinois is in trouble with the law.

Christie Bailey, 28, faces six counts of battery for what police said she did at the daycare.

Christie Bailey is out on bond, but investigators say this all began when parents of children at the daycare came forward last year saying Bailey had put hot sauce on their kids tongues.

Prosecutors also claim Bailey grabbed one child and slammed her into a chair, and dragged another child into her office and squeezed her arm.

According to the criminal complaint, the incidents date back to October of last year.

A note on the door of the Little Angel's Learning Center directs parents with concerns to speak with the owner's father.

Investigators say Bailey is banned from her business while officers look into the accusations.

Neighbors in the area say they are shocked by the allegations.

"No kid deserves to be abused," said Joyce Malone, a neighbor. "No kid deserves to have hot sauce put in your mouth.  No kid deserves to be slammed in a chair.  No kid deserves to be pulled into the office.  It's just ridiculous."

"I don't think that somebody that runs a daycare should take that kind of action against a little child that's maybe misbehaving or something," said Elizabeth Underwood, a neighbor.

The daycare remains open.  No one inside would comment, but parents who continue to bring their children despite the charges say they believe otherwise.

Parents say the daycare has been operating for a few years now, and they hope it continues to operate.

Bailey also faces a charge of unlawful communication with a witness, for allegedly trying to prevent an employee at the daycare from speaking with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.