The owner of the Cano & Ramos Family Child Care center in Boyle Heights was recently charged with molesting three children. Additionally, the California Department of Social Services temporarily suspended the 45-year-old man’s license due to “an immediate health and safety risk to children.”
As reported by The Los Angeles Times, the man was charged with three felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child and has pleaded not guilty while remaining in jail on $1.3 million bail. Officials have also revealed that similar allegations were made in 2008 and 2009, although the day care did not report them and continued to operate as police conducted an investigation.
At the beginning of February, a five-year-old girl who had attended the facility for the first time told her mother that she had been inappropriately touched by the owner. After alerting police, officers were able to track down the mother of a child who made the earlier accusations. After gathering enough evidence, officials suspected the man of molesting three child victims.
Beyond the charges, evaluators also issued citations for the facility on failure to have basic information for each child, including immunization records and emergency contacts. An evaluation of the center in 2012 found no issues at the time.
While criminal charges can punish those who have harmed minors, it is important to remember that pursuing compensation from those at fault is also available. Often, child victims suffer both physical and emotional trauma that can affect them for years. As such, it is vital that they receive professional treatment in order to cope with their losses and have a better chance for a healthy adulthood.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Beverly Hills child injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting the future of child victims. With our help, at-fault parties can be held accountable and compensation can be found to pay for professional treatment. To learn more about your rights as a parent and the rights of your children, call us today at 213-514-8332.