The director of an Indianapolis day care accused of operating illegally appeared in court to answer to the allegations Wednesday.
The state revoked the registration for Rebirth Christian Academy on June 22, but LaSonda Carter continued to operate and care for children, prosecutors said.
Former workers and parents appeared in court Wednesday in search of answers, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.
Several parents said they took their children to Carter's day care after June 22, not knowing the registration had been terminated.
"My son was there from April 1 until the middle of July," said Sarah Boles, a former client of Rebirth Christian Academy. "He was always really hungry when he came home. I thought that was weird."
Former workers told RTV6 they were concerned about the treatment of the children while working at the facility.
"(There were) children not being fed properly, rationing of food, children being in high chairs all day long," said Theresa Howell, a former Rebirth employee.
Former workers also maintain they were never paid for hours worked.
"I currently have a judgment against her in small claims court and I'm waiting on that money. She owes me about $3,000," Howell said.
"I quit and I was also not paid," said Becky Grande, a former worker. "I'm hoping the state will say she's not allowed to operate ever again in the state of Indiana."
After more than an hour of attorneys on both sides arguing numerous legal points, Judge Cynthia Ayers continued the hearing until December.
Carter and her attorney, Elizabeth Milliken, declined to speak with RTV6 on camera.
Parents said they don't want Carter to be able to reopen another day care in Indiana.
"I might never know what happened because (my son's) not old enough to tell me," Boles said. "That scares me more than anything."
A court order posted Aug. 6 at Rebirth told parents the facility is not authorized for child care. A judge lifted that order Tuesday, but the day care is still not a registered day care ministry.
In Indiana, registered ministries have to meet some regulations, but not nearly as many as licensed day care centers.
Carter has several pending cases with the state, and she has another hearing scheduled for Sept. 6.
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