BOISE, Idaho — A Boise woman is facing charges after police say she physically abused half a dozen children at a licensed child care center.
Angel Lee Hibbard, 29, faces six felony counts of injury to a child in the case.
According to Boise Police, detectives began investigating possible physical abuse involving Hibbard in November after receiving a report about a child with scratches on its chest.
Detectives ultimately identified six victims, ranging in age from one to six. None were Hibbard's own children, according to police.
Officials say the suspect is accused of slapping, pushing, pinching and kicking children in her care at the center, as well as dropping them into playpens. The abuse went on over a period of time, according to police.
All six victims' injuries were described as minor, police say.
Officers coordinated with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to ensure the safety of the young victims, and worked to get in contact with the families of any other victims.
A warrant was issued for Hibbard's arrest, and she was taken into custody by the United States Marshal's Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force on New Year's Eve.
Hibbard is currently held in the Ada County Jail on a $75,000 bond, and is due in court Jan. 11 for a preliminary hearing.
Felony injury to a child is punishable by up to ten years in prison.
If you know a child being abused or neglected, contact local law enforcement or call 1-208-334-KIDS(5437) in the Treasure Valley or 1-855-552-KIDS(5437) elsewhere in Idaho. Callers may remain anonymous.
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