Tulsa Woman Gets Prison In Child Neglect, Unlicensed Daycare Case
TULSA, Oklahoma - A judge sent a woman to prison Monday for child neglect and running a daycare without a license.
The judge sentenced Chelsea Day to three years in prison and another seven on probation.
She entered a blind plea to the three charges in January, meaning she didn't have a deal with prosecutors. The family said they're glad to finally have justice.
The story started on September 22, 2012 when Day was running Mother's Love Babysitting out of her home.
A couple told police their 18-month-old daughter named Olyvia had been hurt when they picked up that day. The parents said the daycare told them she had had an allergic reaction, but the parents said she was covered in scratches and bruises, had lumps on her head and a black eye.
Police discovered Day was not licensed through DHS. They couldn't determine who hurt Olyvia so prosecutors charged Day because she was the daycare operator.
Day always denied hurting the girl but admitted the girl was in her care at an unlicensed daycare when it happened. She apologized to the family and was hoping for probation.
Her attorney pointed out Day's never been in trouble before, has held a job for two years and done everything that's been required.
"There was still a brutal beating to this beautiful child, and somebody needs to be held accountable for that," said Olyvia’s grandmother, Micki Dettman.
She came to court since the girl’s parents live out of state. They asked the judge to send Day to prison.
"She wasn’t, you know, beaten to a point where it’s a very, very severe case, doesn’t mean it’s not important. It's still important and it should never happen," said grandmother, Tracie White.
They said Olyvia has fully recovered, is taking dance classes, is a new big sister and will begin kindergarten in the fall.
The grandparents said no one came out a winner, but they do believe justice was done.
They told the judge Olyvia may never remember what happened to her, but they will never forget.