Ohio Day Care Owner Accused of Abusing Young Children, Including Sexually, Gets 30 Days in Jail

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An Ohio woman accused of abusing young children in her care was sentenced on Monday to just over four weeks in jail after making a plea deal.

Kimberly Hignite is seen in a photo released by the Franklin County Jail.
Kimberly Hignite is seen in a photo released by the Franklin County Jail.

Kimberly Hignite, 52, was indicted on multiple counts of gross sexual imposition and endangering children, KTLA sister station WJW in Cleveland reported.

As part of a plea agreement, six of the counts were dropped and she pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of endangering children, according to Franklin County Common Pleas records.

Judge William Woods sentenced her to 30 days in jail.

Hignite ran an unregistered day care at her house in Grove City, according to WJW.

Last year, investigators searched the house and found 23 children between the ages of 7 months and 5 years, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Parents said their children were confined to car seats, deprived of food and water, and forced to take sleeping medication. Two children reported Hignite sexually abused them.

The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office told the Dispatch the families who cooperated with the investigation were involved in the plea deal.

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