A Dunnellon woman and her daughter were arrested Wednesday in connection with operating an unlicensed daycare facility.
Marion County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Inspector Erik Dice arrested 52-year-old Elizabeth Brown and her daughter, 25-year-old Elizabeth Love for allegedly running an unlicensed family home daycare out of a residence at 19780 SW Rainbow Lakes Blvd. in Dunnellon.
Brown created Brown Family Home Daycare in 2009 and recently brought her daughter onboard to assist in operating the unlicensed business, a sheriff’s office report states, adding that the facility was discovered earlier this year when a child under their care was injured at the establishment.
On Jan. 29, sheriff’s deputies responded to the facility after a two-year old child sustained a fractured leg. During his investigation, Dice learned that Brown was actively running her daycare without proper licensing from the State of Florida. Brown told him that she had been operating the business for the past 10 years and that she currently had 13 children enrolled, a sheriff’s office report states.
Dice obtained statements from seven parents of children attending the facility, and most of them were under the impression that the facility was licensed and regulated by the State of Florida, the report says.
Additionally, Brown and Love denied any intentional act causing injury to the two-year-old child, and doctors were unable to positively determine how the injury occurred, the report says.
Both Brown and Love turned themselves in at the Marion County Jail on Wednesday and both were charged with operating a family home daycare without a license. Both were released Thursday night on $1,000 bonds and they are due in a Marion County courtroom on March 27 at 1 p.m. to answer to the charge.