Baby hospitalized with skull fracture prompts arrest of 2 Rancho Cucamonga day care workers, search for more victims

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Authorities are searching for more possible victims of two Rancho Cucamonga day care workers arrested on suspicion of child abuse.

Authorities investigated Rudie Megan Maldonado, 29, and Felicia Ann Ferra, 50, after being notified of child abuse allegations on Sept. 4, 2021, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.

Investigators say an 8-month-old boy was taken to the Loma Linda University Medical Center Pediatric Intensive Care Unit with a skull fracture after attending the Kiddie Academy day care center located at 7220 Victoria Park Lane.

Following an investigation, authorities determined Maldonado and Ferra had neglected the boy’s well-being and conspired to conceal his injuries, the news release stated. They were arrested this week.

Maldonado, who worked as an assistant teacher, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse and conspiracy and booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.

Her bail was set at $100,000 and she has since been released.

Ferra, who was hired as the director of the day care in 2020, turned herself in after an arrest warrant was issued. She was also booked on suspicion of child abuse and conspiracy, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

They are both on administrative leave, officials said. The owners told KTLA that background checks are conducted for each employee, and that Ferra was highly qualified.

As a result of the allegations, several parents have withdrawn their kids from the day care.

KTLA obtained a letter sent out to parents from the day care, saying officials are aware of the allegations and that they are “committed to working with local authorities as they continue to investigate this matter.”

In a statement, the owners said they were “disheartened” by the allegations.

“This is heartbreaking, for the parents and for the community, really. This is just horrible,” one parent, Stu Kelloff, said.

Another parent, Teyonye Ades, told KTLA that Ferra had given her a tour of the day care. She said she was “shocked” to hear the news about the arrests, and she called the abuse allegations “scary.”

Investigators released photos of both suspects because they believe there may be additional victims and want anyone with information to contact Deputy Roger Alfaro at 909-387-3615.

Those who prefer to remain anonymous can provide information to We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.

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