Hammond day care center owner accused of abuse

Hammond police have arrested a day care center owner accused of child abuse at her facility, a Police Department spokesman said Thursday.

Police arrested Mary Jones, 66, owner of Kadlyn’s Academy on Old Covington Highway in Hammond, on Oct. 11 and booked her into the Hammond City Jail on a count of cruelty to a juvenile, Lt. Vincent Giannobile said in a news release.

Jones was released on bond.

State Department of Children and Family Services officials contacted Hammond police on Sept. 20 about a possible abuse case at the academy after employees informed state officials about improper practices, Giannobile said.

After an extensive investigation, Hammond police and Department of Children and Family Services officials confirmed that improper practices were occurring at the day care, Giannobile said.

Giannobile’s news release did not specify what the alleged abuses were.

The state also has revoked Kadlyn’s Academy’s license, Giannobile said.