Prince William County Police have charged the owner of Growing Minds Daycare with three counts of abduction following an investigation into an unlicensed daycare in the Yorkshire area.
In a release today, police spokesperson Jonathan Perok said detectives from the Physical Abuse Unit learned Tara Angelyn Loop allegedly "had her daughter remove three children from the residence prior to police arrival."
"In total, there were nine children at the residence," Perok said in the release. "The children were removed from the home and taken to a nearby residence while police and CPS workers were conducting the investigation. No permission was given to the accused to remove the three children, all under the age of 4."
Loop was previously charged with child cruelty and injuries to children.
Detectives with the Prince William County Police Department's Physical Abuse Unit and Child Protective Services visited the unlicensed daycare at Loop's home in the 8500 block of Somersworth Drive on Oct. 2. They found six children in the home, all under the age of two. Three of the children were unattended in a separate room, police said.
Police said Loop's 16-year-old teenage daughter was also at the residence and officers said they found she worked long hours to care for the children.
The charges against Loop were related to the three unattended children and because her daughter was overworked, police said.
Growing Minds Daycare Owner Charged With Cruelty to Children
Editor's Note: The above information was provided by the Prince William County Police department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned it does not indicate a conviction.