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Unlicensed, in home daycare owner arrested for abuse

Kimberly Slaughter Kimberly Slaughter
Bruises on the child's face. Bruises on the child's face.
Tina Timberlake-Whitaker (Source: LMDC) Tina Timberlake-Whitaker (Source: LMDC)
The home where the children were being watched. The home where the children were being watched.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - When you leave your child at a day care, you hope they are in safe hands, but one Louisville family said that's not what happened. A woman running an unlicensed day care out of her home is facing serious charges for abusing a child.

Kimberly Slaughter said the day care ad on Craigslist was advertised as a "loving in home child care" and the woman told her she took care of the kids like a mom. Slaughter said the bruises on her daughter made her think otherwise.

"My thought was how did this happen," said Slaughter. "I texted Tina and I said look Scarlett has a huge bruise across her face in three spots I need to know what happened."

Slaughter said she started leaving her two children Clyde, 2, and daughter Scarlett, 1, with Tina Timerberlake-Whitaker since Thanksgiving. Timberlake-Whitaker was operating her unlicensed day care off Belmar Drive.

Slaughter said she was only paying $60 to $90 a week for Timberlake-Whitaker to watch her two children. She said on December 21, she noticed Scarlett had severe bruises to her face, forehead and both ears.

Slaughter took pictures of the bruises, took her daughter to the hospital and contacted police.

Police said they questioned Timberlake-Whitaker and she admitted to hitting Scarlett numerous times because she wouldn't stop crying.

Timberlake Whitaker was arrested on Friday charged with criminal abuse 3rd degree. She bonded out of Metro corrections on Sunday.

WAVE 3 stopped by Timberlake-Whitaker's home but no one answered.

Slaughter admitted she did not look into Timberlake-Whitakers background, something she truly regrets.

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