Kent day care shut down after owner’s husband accused of child abuse
KENT – The state has suspended the license of a Kent home-based day care after the husband of the owner was arrested on allegations of child abuse.
Drew Garrett, 61, was arrested last Friday on accusations of sexually abusing a child that attended the Kent day care ‘More Rainbows Child Care’ that his wife owned and operated, Kent police said.
The day care has been open since 2008; however, the license has since been suspended due to the police investigation.
On Sept. 4, Kent police were dispatched to a report of a sexual assault case. It was reported that a 4-year-old girl there had disclosed to her mother that Garrett had touched her on her privates.
Through further investigation, detectives were able to establish probable cause and subsequently arrested Garrett for first-degree child molestation, police said.
The case has since been turned over to the King County Prosecutor’s Office — and Garrett has been charged, police said.
Detectives said they are working with Child Protective Services as well as the Department of Early Learning Licensing to ensure that other families that may have had contact with Garrett are notified about the investigation.
“Our goal now is to make sure there are no other victims out there” said police Commander Jarod Kasner.
Police investigators are asking that anyone with information regarding additional victims to call 911 or the Kent Police Department tip line at (253) 856-5808.