Daycare owner charged with cruelty to foster child
LACOMBE - Authorities accused a St. Tammany Parish woman of abusing her young foster daughter this week, and the arrest has state child care officials looking into their own practices.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office charged 40-year-old Trenique Faciane with one felony count of second degree cruelty to juveniles after they said her foster daughter was taken to the emergency room with signs of abuse.
Investigators said someone called 911 from Faciane's home around 5:30 p.m. Thursday and said a two-year-old girl was vomiting and unresponsive. EMS took the girl to the hospital, where detectives said doctors determined her injuries were from potential child abuse.
Detectives said they spoke to Faciane at the hospital and brought her to the sheriff's office in Slidell for questioning. There detectives said she admitted to beating the child with a hairbrush, shaking her, and dropping her into a bathtub.
Investigators said Faciane is co-owner of the Wee Wisdom Learning Center daycare in Slidell, but she did not take part in the day-to-day operations of the center.
The state Department of Children and Family Services said Friday there are no other children in Faciane's care. An agency spokesperson said an internal investigation was underway into how the abuse went unnoticed, and that some of their staff were placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.