4-year-old girl allegedly molested at Kent day care; license suspended
KENT — Parents who rely on an in-home day care in Kent are scrambling to make other arrangements.
The state shut down the ‘More Rainbows Childcare Home’ after police say the owner’s husband confessed to molesting a 4-year-old girl there.
Drew Garrett, 61, is now charged with first-degree child molestation.
Carol Williams lives right across the street.
“He has no right to touch a 4-year-old child at all,” Williams said.
“Any time you have somebody being accused of being a sexual predator, it can be pretty scary in a neighborhood full of kids, especially having two young kids myself,” neighbor Chuck Williams said.
Krista Foronda lives right next door and is close friends with the family.
“Our daughter has grown up with their daughter and she’s done sleepovers there. Their daughter has been over here. Something like this I’m completely blown away. I could never imagine him doing anything like that,” Foronda said.
Kent police say the molestation occurred Sept. 4 at the More Rainbows Childcare home.
Garrett was left alone with the girl while his wife, and owner of the center, went to a doctor’s appointment.
When the girl got home she told her parents.
"It’s like somebody has ripped that child’s heart out. Can you imagine what that family is going through with that baby right now?" Carol Williams said.
According to court documents, Garrett told police he had the little girl on his lap watching TV and fondled her genitals.
According to police, Garrett says it was the first and only time he ever touched a child, but police are skeptical and neighbors are too.
"We’ve got kids who ride their bikes up and down this cul-de-sac and this street all day. This neighborhood is filled with kids. I’m watching that house and if I see anything I’m going to report it,” Carol Williams said.
More Rainbows has been open since 2008 and police say right now their main goal is to make sure there are no other victims out there. Talk to your kids, they say, and if there is any doubt don’t hesitate to call 911.