Day care operator charged with assaulting children

Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Police on Tuesday arrested a day care operator suspected of injuring two children under her care.

Tina Maree Boucher, 44, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault. She was jailed, with bail set at $25,000.

Boucher is accused of assaulting an 18-month-old boy and a 16-month-old girl at Nana's Daycare, an in-home, unlicensed day care facility operated by Boucher.

According to the charging document, children from three families were at the home on Nov. 27. The 18-month old boy was one of three siblings at the facility.

After picking him up that night, the boy's foster mother noticed bruising around the boy's ear and mouth and the back of his head. She also heard a ''pop'' in the boy's elbow and she took him to the hospital. Doctors diagnosed a broken arm.

Police said the 16-month-old girl was picked up by her father, who noticed she was crying more than usual and favoring her right arm.

According to the charging document, a pediatrician at Elmendorf Air Force Base Hospital determined that the girl had been struck in the head at least twice and had fresh bruises on her ear and face. The doctor also detected a bone chip in her right arm. Further diagnosis revealed a fracture.

Detective Linda Branchflower said in charging documents that she interviewed Boucher, who admitted getting rough with the children after they would not stop screaming. She told police that she picked each child up and twisted their arms while she placed them in a walker. She also admitted slapping the children, according to police.

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