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Drunk daycare provider was "drinking because she was having a bad day," charges say

Richardson was drunk and watching about 10 children by herself when one wandered off and almost got killed.
Richardson was drunk and watching about 10 children by herself when one wandered off and almost got killed.
Mugshot not available because Richardson was charged by summons.

Sandstone, Minnesota, daycare operator Carrie Richardson has been charged with felony counts of child neglect and child endangerment after a 22-month-old in her care wandered onto a busy highway last Wednesday afternoon while Richardson was allegedly in a drunken stupor.

THE BACKSTORY: Drunk daycare provider arrested after toddler is found wandering on busy highway

According to the charging document, Richardson, 56, told investigators "she had been drinking because she was having a bad day."

To treat her case of the blues, Richardson said she drank vodka and downed at least four tablespoons of cough syrup before the child, unbeknownst to her, exited the daycare via an open fence and ended up on the highway. The toddler almost got hit by a truck before a good Samaritan scooped her off the road.

The Star Tribune, citing the criminal complaint, reports that Richardson's BAL clocked in at 0.11.

Richardson's Building Blocks Daycare business was immediately shut down following the incident.

CORRECTION -- An earlier version of this post misidentified a woman in the banner photo.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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