To avoid being caught with too many children in her care, daycare worker Catalina Reyes, 54, hid a 6-month-old baby in her house’s crawl space when a public health department employee visited, according to the Hartford Courant.

The baby girl was in a car seat, hidden in an unfinished portion of the basement’s crawlspace behind a locked door. The home is at 46 Yates Avenue. When the child began to cry, she was discovered by the health department worker.

“The child had no supervision, food, or drink for at least four hours,” according to Captain Christopher Corbett.

“It appears that Reyes placed the child in this area so the health inspector would not see her and realize that the number of children being cared for was over capacity,” Corbett wrote in an email.

He said that the children, including the hidden baby were all uninjured.

Reyes is supposed to appear in Superior Court in Waterbury on March 21.

Source: Hartford Courant

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