Woman Accused of Running Illegal Daycare in Mankato

(Mankato, MN) – A 23-year-old woman stands accused of allegedly running an illegal daycare in Mankato.

Mikayla Kay Stalwick of Blooming Prairie is charged with operating a residential child care program without a license.

According to the complaint, law enforcement and Blue Earth County Human Services investigated a report in April of abuse of a child that occurred while the child was at a daycare facility on Huntington Drive. Police say during the investigation they discovered that the program was not licensed as required by Minnesota statute, and as Stalwick had previously been warned.

Police say Stalwick told them she was just babysitting, although they say she had seven children at the daycare, including the infant who was injured. They also note that some children had been going there for nearly a year.

In other recent actions taken against day care services in the area:

In Eagle Lake, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued a temporary immediate suspension of the license of Angela and Mary Huber. The order cites “alleged serious incidents of abuse” in the Huber’s family child care home.

In Owatonna, the DHS has revoked the license of Rebecca Maas, who allegedly left children outdoors unattended and went inside and drank a shot of alcohol.

In Redwood County, the DHS has revoked the license of Nissa Schroeder of Sanborn for allegedly leaving four children, including two infants, unattended in her parked car, while she went inside a building.

The DHS has also issued a corrective order for the New Ulm Medical Center Substance Abuse Treatment Service/New Ulm Medical Center Mankato for 20 alleged licensing violations discovered during a review in August.

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