A day care operator in Highland has been arrested after being accused of child cruelty, and investigators fear there may be additional victims, authorities said Tuesday.
On Sunday night, deputies contacted the Crimes Against Children Detail regarding a 5-month-old girl and a 1-year-old boy who were reported to have been abused and endangered, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The infant and toddler both attended Drinkard-Batiste Family Child Care, a licensed home day care facility in the 7000 block of Nye Drive, the department said in a news release.
Detectives responded to the day care on Monday afternoon, where they spoke with 53-year-old Rosalind Drinkard-Batiste, the facility’s operator, according to the release.
She was arrested after an “extensive” investigation and booked on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child and false imprisonment, detectives said. She was released after posting $100,000 bail.
Drinkard-Batiste has been in business for about 20 years, according to Ben Munoz, the woman’s friend and neighbor.
“I’ve never heard her curse. I’ve never heard her on a rampage,” Munoz said. “She loves doing what she does, and it’s sad that this has happened.”
Munoz told KTLA he believes a disgruntled employee may be at the root of the investigation.
“All I can say is Ms. Rosalind is a beautiful person, and those allegations and charges are – the verbiage is very harsh, according to what transpired over there,” he said.
Authorities did not specify when the incident is alleged to have occurred, nor did they provide information on any injuries.
KTLA has reached out to the facility for comment but has not yet heard back.
No further details were immediately released.
Detectives said they believed there may be other victims in the case. Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Shaunna Ables at 909- 387-3615.
Anonymous tips can also be left through the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463.