2 employees from Kiddie Academy in Rancho Cucamonga arrested after baby were taken to hospital with skull fracture – CBS Los Angeles

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA) Two employees at a childcare facility in Rancho Cucamonga have been arrested on suspicion of child abuse in connection with the death of an 8-month-old baby.

(Maldonado (left) and Ferra (right) / Photo credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

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Rudie Megan Maldonado, 29, of San Bernardino County, was arrested Wednesday, while 50-year-old Felicia Ann Ferra of Yorba Linda was remanded in custody Thursday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff. Both women have been released on bail and no date has yet been set for them.

The two were arrested following an investigation into the injury of an eight-month-old boy who was admitted to the Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on September 4, 2021 with a skull fracture. A report from someone close to the situation informed CBS that the baby was recovering.

The little boy had attended Kiddie Academy, 7220 Victoria Park Lane, in Rancho Cucamonga. Authorities say investigators have determined the two women had conspired to hide the boy’s injuries and neglect of his well-being.

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Investigators believe there may be more victims who may have been abused, so authorities have released Maldonado’s and Ferra’s booking photos.

Several parents who spoke to CBS reporters outside the camera admitted that they are somewhat not surprised by the disturbing news. Many of the same parents have taken their children out of day care after witnessing questionable actions, including a teacher pulling a little girl around the classroom by her legs. The person who witnessed this incident was afraid to report it because of their undocumented immigrant status.

Another mother reported that her child seemed frightened every time they arrived, explaining that she was often left alone in a room with the 24 other children in day care, with no teacher in sight – or even assigned to supervise them. The same mother also noticed that in several cases she saw babies lying unattended on the floor with no pillows, blankets or pillows nearby, and one of the babies was also lying in front of a door.

In response to the incident, Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising issued a statement saying:

“We are aware of the serious allegations against an assistant teacher and the director of the Kiddie Academy in Rancho Cucamonga. We are committed to working with franchise owners to ensure full cooperation with local authorities. As an organization, there is nothing more important than creating environments where a “children’s intellectual, emotional and physical development flourishes. We remain committed to ensuring that all franchisees maintain world-class standards.”

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Anyone with information about the investigation can contact Deputy Director Roger Alfaro at (909) 387-3615.


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