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State investigating Davis day care after operator’s arrest

Eduardo Alejandro Letelier
Eduardo Alejandro Letelier Yolo County Sheriff’s Office

A state license remained in effect Monday for a Davis day care facility after one of its operators was arrested on charges of molesting a 4-year-old girl under the facility’s care.

Michael Weston, a spokesman for the California Department of Social Services, said the agency launched an investigation after Thursday’s arrest of Eduardo Alejandro Letelier, 43, on suspicion of molesting the girl. Letelier and his wife, Ximena Letelier, have operated Ximena’s Daycare in their home since 2001.

It was unclear whether youngsters were still being cared for at the home, in the 800 block of Braddock Court. No one answered the door Monday.

Parents of children enrolled at the day care were informed of the arrest, he said. Weston said Letelier was still in custody Monday. His wife was still licensed to serve youngsters, allowing parents to continue to use the center, Weston said. The Department of Social Services could temporarily suspend the license pending the outcome of the case.

The state agency is working closely with the Davis Police Department, Weston said.

“Now, we’re just trying to determine who had knowledge of the alleged activity, and who had responsibility for the care and supervision of the children,” Weston said.

Letelier was arrested and booked into the Yolo County jail on suspicion of child molestation and resisting arrest, with bail set at $1 million. He is to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Yolo Superior Court in Woodland.

Lt. David Delaini of the Davis Police Department said the 4-year-old girl’s mother reported Wednesday that her daughter had been sexually assaulted at the day care site. When officials arrived at Letelier’s home Thursday and served a search warrant, Delaini said, Letelier escaped into the backyard and jumped over a fence, but was captured.

Ximena’s Daycare has had no complaints in the past five years, according to the state Department of Social Services. Unannounced facility evaluation visits by department personnel were conducted in March 2012, February 2014 and April 2015. Reports provided by the department state that no deficiencies were found during those visits. The February 2014 visit was described as a case management visit, after which the facility received approval to increase its capacity to care for up to 14 children.

Going back more than five years, a facility evaluation report by the department in April 2007 included five citations for deficiencies deemed to pose health or safety risks. They included insufficient staffing, an unapproved “baby bouncer” seat in an activity room, uncharged fire extinguishers, unsecured safety gates at the top and bottom of a stairway, and swords hanging on the wall of a son’s bedroom.

In the case of in-home day care operations, Weston said, all members of the household older than 18 must undergo a criminal background check. If anyone is found to have a record of crimes against children, or other serious offenses, the home would be ineligible for a license.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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