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The McMartin Daycare case: A 20th century witch hunt

In the 1980s and 1990s, the parents of young children throughout the United States were caught up in a hysteria over sex abuse and satanic rituals at daycare facilities. Central to this moral panic was the McMartin preschool in California, whose staff were charged with multiple crimes against children. It was one of the longest and most expensive trials in American history, and resulted in all charges being dropped.

Daycare Employee Raped Babies

An Ohio woman is in custody after allegedly videotaping herself sexually abusing two infants at the daycare where she worked.

Daycare Operator Accused of Sedating Children With Snoozy Treats

If you only find children tolerable when they’re asleep, you probably shouldn’t be running a daycare out of your home.

Daycare Worker Charged With Putting Sleeping Pills in Sippy Cups

A California daycare worker is accused of spiking little kids’ drinks with an over the counter sleep aid.

Alleged Toddler Fight Video Leads to Arrest of Daycare Workers

Three daycare workers in Dover, Del., are facing charges that include assault and endangerment after police say they forced two 3-year-old children in their care to fight each other. Police became aware of the incident, which is alleged to have taken place five months ago, after an officer saw a cell phone video of the pint-size pugilism this weekend.

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