A former employee at a daycare center in Manchester, New Hampshire was charged with multiple counts of child abuse after she allegedly continuously abused infants at the facility when she worked there.
Chelsea Blais, 32, was charged in Hillsborough County Circuit Court on March 21 with four counts of simple assault. Blais was previously employed at Alpha-Bits Learning Center in Manchester.
Here’s what you need to know about Blais and the abuse charges:
1. Blais Allegedly Abused 3 Different Victims
Blais was officially charged with four counts of simple assault on at least three different infants all under the age of 1. Details about the extent of the abuse are currently unknown, but Detective Sgt. Matthew LaRochelle told NECN that the children involved in the case are expected to be OK.
He added that the facility and the abuse allegations are still under investigation, so not much more information can be revealed.
“No major injuries, but we can’t get into that, either,” LaRochelle said to NECN. “The case is still under investigation, so there is a lot we can’t get into.”
2. Detectives Started an Investigation of the Facility In Early March
According NECN’s news report, police started an investigation into allegations of a worker at the daycare center “inappropriately caring for and possibly abusing infants” in early March.
The Manchester Police Department reportedly had been working in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Child Care Licensing unit beginning March 7.
Authorities said the investigation of the daycare is still ongoing. On its “unofficial” Facebook page, the daycare center received a five-star rating. One review spoke glowingly of the care children get at the facility:
Alpha-Bits is more than a daycare. They are an extension of your family. The staff at Alpha-Bits are kind, caring and take all available opportunities to get to know you and your family as people not just clients. From ownership on down they deserve nothing short of the five star rating I gave then.
3. Blais Turned Herself In To Authorities March 21
As a result of the charges, Blais turned herself into authorities the morning of March 21. She was booked into custody and then released following a $5,000 personal recognizance. Blais’ first court date is scheduled for March 22.
More details on the case will likely be disclosed at the court appearance Wednesday and will be updated when they become available.
4. The Daycare Facility Is Cooperating With Authorities & the Investigation
Investigators from the Manchester Police Department said to NECN that the business is cooperating with police and working with affected families. A spokesperson said “Alpha-Bits is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment to every child entrusted to our care.”
CBS Boston reported that the business learned of the allegations March 2 and took “immediate corrective action. Daycare officials told the news outlet that “we are fully cooperating with the Manchester Police Department and the State of New Hampshire’s Child Care Licensing Unit in their investigation on this matter.”
The business has two locations in Manchester: one at 227 Londonderry Turnpike and another at 333 Allard Drive.
According to the “About Us” section on its website, the daycare center offers care “for children ranging from 6 weeks to 12-years old. It notes that it’s a “center you can trust.”
Alpha-Bits Learning Center, Inc. is aware of the problems that parents face in today’s world. We hope that we make their lives a little easier by creating an environment for children, with which parents can be comfortable. Moreover, we have two convenient locations.
5. Blais Studied at Manchester Community College
According to her Facebook page, Blais studied early childhood education at Manchester Community College.
The school, which was founded in 1945 as a school for returning military veterans, is an accredited non-profit community college that offers more than 60 associate degree and certificate programs.
Blais appears to have at least two children of her own who play hockey in the Manchester area. She also appeared to play organized softball in the area.