The owner of an Omaha child care center who was arrested Thursday after being caught on video repeatedly beating a 4-year-old girl, walked out of jail on a $1,000 bond.
KETV reports that the child’s parents were shocked that the former daycare owner received such a low bond, especially given that police arrested her out of state, in Missouri Valley, Iowa.
“She already went to another state,” said Kelley Meyers, the 4-year-old victim’s mother. “I would consider her a flight risk, and now that she’s out, she lives in the neighborhood, so I’m worried about that.”
Lynn Rowe, 58, owner of Lynn’s Learning Center in Omaha, Nebraska, was filmed by a coworker on March 28 allegedly abusing the child. She is seen in the video yelling at the girl, and hitting her across her head and arms.
When the little girl said that it was hurting her, the woman callously replied that she hoped it did indeed hurt.
“Good, I hope it hurts you.”
The video was sent to Allen and Kelley Meyers, the parents of the little girl, on April 2.
The father told NBC that his children have been attending the daycare center for most of their lives. The girl has attended since she was 2-3 months old, and her 7-year-old brother attended before that. Meyers said that the family was experiencing a lot of different emotions, and that “it’s hard to put the emotions into words and really convey. Obviously, there’s a lot of anger. They were about as close as family as you can be.”
He reportedly said that when he and his wife initially confronted Rowe, she denied the incident. It wasn’t until they showed her the video that she broke down crying and asked for forgiveness.
On Friday, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reportedly issued an emergency closing notice for the center.
An investigation has begun into other possible victims of abuse. Omaha detectives are looking for any other children who may have been verbally or physically abused at the daycare center.
The department has asked those with information to come forward and contact their Special Victims Unit at 402-444-5636 or submit a tip anonymously on their Crime Stoppers website.
[Feature Photo: Police Handout]