Katelynne Nelson Arrested After Skipping Her Original Trial – What We Know!

Katelynne Nelson

Katelynne Nelson

A Colorado lady suspected of serving to run an unlawful daycare the place police found 26 toddlers hidden in a basement behind a false wall was captured after a number of months on the run. Katelynne Nelson, 33, a former worker at Play Mountain Place Daycare, was taken into custody earlier this month and can make her first look in court docket since skipping out on her jury trial final summer time, court docket information reviewed by Regulation&Crime present.

Nelson on Feb. 4 was arrested on a slew of costs unrelated to her alleged work at Play Mountain Place, together with making an attempt to affect and public official, felony impersonation, and possession of a managed substance and paraphernalia, in line with a report from Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO-TV.

On the time of her apprehension, the defendant was additionally reportedly topic to an open warrant on 26 counts of misdemeanor baby abuse and drug possession stemming from her Play Mountain arrest. The defendant additionally confronted three further warrants for alleged failures to seem in circumstances involving the obstruction of a peace officer, failing to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, and rushing.

Arrest information from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Workplace present that Nelson is at present being held on $16,000 bond.

Two of her earlier colleagues on the daycare facility are already serving time behind bars.

A Colorado Springs jury in August 2021 discovered the proprietor the of the daycare operation, Carla Religion, responsible on 26 counts of misdemeanor baby abuse, working a toddler care facility with no license, and making an attempt to affect a public servant. In October of that yr, a choose  sentenced her to the utmost six years in jail, Regulation&Crime beforehand reported. One other former worker, Christina Swauger, was convicted on the identical costs as Religion; a choose in November handed down a sentence of two and a half years in jail in Swauger’s case.

Former Religion worker Valerie Fresquez, who testified that she typically cared for seven to 9 kids on her personal, took a plea deal that required her to testify in opposition to her former colleagues in trade for the costs in opposition to her being dismissed.

Nelson was scheduled to be tried alongside Religion and Swauger in August, however when the trial date, the authorities say she by no means appeared and as a substitute went on the run from regulation enforcement.

Officers with the Colorado Springs Police Division on Nov. 13, 2019 assisted baby welfare inspectors in performing a verify on Religion’s at-home daycare. Physique digicam video from the police inspection reportedly confirmed Religion mendacity to investigators. She at first mentioned that she was not caring for any kids however then asserted they have been at a park. After officers discovered backpacks below blankets, Religion claimed she was cleansing the gadgets for an area soccer workforce. Investigators noticed “two parallel scrape marks on the wood ground” main away from a wall and a “small seam” the place a false wall had been positioned.

After pulling the false wall away, police discovered a stairwell resulting in a basement the place 25 kids have been being housed. Many have been reportedly crying and had dirty themselves. Nelson, who was reportedly behind the false wall with the kids, was additionally charged with felony drug possession after police reportedly mentioned her backpack contained three syringes and two plastic baggies that examined constructive for methamphetamine.

Per KRDO, Nelson in 2011 was convicted on costs of felony id theft and felony forgery.

[image via El Paso Sheriff’s Office]

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