Daycare operator faces child endangerment charges

Police say a couple of kids got hurt under her watch

A Davenport woman who ran a home daycare now faces child endangerment charges after police say a couple of kids got hurt under her watch.

Police arrested 44-year-old Amy Smith on Tuesday.

Investigators accused Smith, 44, of five counts of child endangerment, four of which come from an incident on April 26.

Detectives said an infant suffered several injuries under Smith's care that day. Police records said she told officers the baby was hurt in an accident.

The fifth charge relates to an episode from November 2015.

Local child care authorities said parents should always trust their instincts in situations like these.

"If something doesn't feel right, it's important for you to then make a report," said Angela Herrington, child care resource and referral quality specialist. "The best thing that could happen is if the report comes back that there wasn't anything wrong. So, making that report is just something that if you feel that there's something not right, then go ahead and do that."

On the Iowa side, CCRR Regional Director Kristin O'Toole stresses the importance of obtaining references before going with a caregiver.

"One of the things we strongly recommend is to get references when considering a child care provider," O'Toole said, "to make that connection with others who may have used their services in the past."

Smith is due in court next month.

Here are some resources when looking for child care:

Iowa child care requirements:

What is Child Abuse under Iowa law?

Iowa's voluntary quality ratings system:  

Iowa: Licensure & Registration | Iowa Department of Human Services:

Illinois: Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider

Best and worth states for child care:


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