Drunk daycare provider was "drinking because she was having a bad day," charges say

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Mugshot not available because Richardson was charged by summons.
Richardson was drunk and watching about 10 children by herself when one wandered off and almost got killed.
Sandstone, Minnesota, daycare operator Carrie Richardson has been charged with felony counts of child neglect and child endangerment after a 22-month-old in her care wandered onto a busy highway last Wednesday afternoon while Richardson was allegedly in a drunken stupor.

THE BACKSTORY: Drunk daycare provider arrested after toddler is found wandering on busy highway

According to the charging document, Richardson, 56, told investigators "she had been drinking because she was having a bad day."

To treat her case of the blues, Richardson said she drank vodka and downed at least four tablespoons of cough syrup before the child, unbeknownst to her, exited the daycare via an open fence and ended up on the highway. The toddler almost got hit by a truck before a good Samaritan scooped her off the road.

The Star Tribune, citing the criminal complaint, reports that Richardson's BAL clocked in at 0.11.

Richardson's Building Blocks Daycare business was immediately shut down following the incident.

CORRECTION -- An earlier version of this post misidentified a woman in the banner photo.

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24 comments
TC4L
TC4L

She should of stuck with beer.

Joe Jakubik
Joe Jakubik

Again, City Pages at its finest. This is a neighbor and witness, NOT the daycare provider.

Richard Faulkner
Richard Faulkner

she was having a bad day...now get some sleep carrie because hell is coming to breakfast

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

OK, you've still got the photo of the wrong woman (the witness) in the "The Blotter" banner.  You really need to take the lady's photo down.  It's still implied that she is the daycare provider with the substance-abuse problem.  Really, you guys.  This isn't a frat newsletter.  Have some respect for standards.

Jason Yukon Kornelis
Jason Yukon Kornelis

It's a little bit disturbing that, even if this WERE the woman in question, people think the big story here is "wow that woman looks old".

Mare Anderson
Mare Anderson

This is not the lady the article is about folks! Just search her on facebook if you really want to see.

Kerry J. McCarty
Kerry J. McCarty

56, ya right. It's not the first time this woman lied about her age.....

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

That's 56? Don't you mean 76 CP? My parents are 72 and look younger than her. Oy vey!

MissA
MissA

I am equally disturbed by her behavior as much as i am that this woman is 56, it would appear she lives a pretty rough lifestyle; i would imagine by the looks of things this isn't her most recent "Bad Day".  Looks to me like she has made a lifestyle of bad days and bad decisions...

Rhonda Eohnson
Rhonda Eohnson

Is it even legal for one person to be watching TEN kids? Looks like they drained the life right out of her!

Ryan Siverson
Ryan Siverson

Doesn't look like it was the first bad day in her life.

gr4y3y3
gr4y3y3

Let's hope someone finds a suitable caretaker for this woman.  Because, wow.  There are going to be more bad days.  Thank you alert drivers.

tcraine
tcraine moderator communitymanager

@swmnguy Thanks for letting us know; we are aware of the issue. We switched it out earlier, but our servers can sometimes take significantly more time to update widgets than the content of blog posts.

joolz1
joolz1

@JoAnn White  No kidding!  I'm 57 and she looks 20-30 years older than me! 


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