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Illegal Daycare Operator Sentenced to 2 Years Behind Bars

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

An Albemarle County woman who admitted to running an illegal daycare operation and neglecting children will face two years behind bars.

Fifty-four-year-old Kathy Yowell-Rohm received the following sentence in Albemarle Circuit Court Friday, September 7:

  • Operating a daycare without license: 12 months (all suspended) with two years of supervised probation
  • Cruelty/Injure child: five years (four years suspended), with two years of supervised probation
  • Assault on law enforcement: three years (two years suspended), with two years of supervised probation

Yowell-Rohm entered guilty pleas to those charges back in May.

She had told police officers she was taking care of five children. According to state law, one adult is only allowed to care for four children in a daycare business.

When authorities entered Yowell-Rohm's home along Turnberry Circle December 6, 2017, they found 16 children under the age of three. Child Protective Services said 15 of the children in the house were sitting and crying in wet diapers, many dragging to their knees and filled with feces. Some of the infants were tightly strapped in to car seats and rocking chairs, which were also wet.

The assault charge stems from an unrelated incident with an EMT at a University of Virginia football game.