UPDATE: Social Worker Reacts; Day Care Provider Arrested for Selling Pills

By: WTAP News
By: WTAP News

Disappointment and surprise. A recent arrest of a certified child care provider, leaves many in shock.
Those who certified her say there were no signs.

The Washington County Job and Family Services was contacted during the of Deidra Fouss's arrest. Social Work, Kelly Bauerbach, says when they showed up to the house to help with the children, Fouss was immediately handed papers revoking her certification.

"There were actually two parents involved in regards to the children and both parents were visibly upset that this had occurred and no, they didn't have any indication that there was a problem."

Bauerbach explains when she first received the initial phone call from authorities about what was happening, she was left in shock and disappoint. "There was nothing in regards to Dee's background or any of the inspections that we have done that would've indicated that there was an issue."

Bauerbach says this is the first time something like this has happened in the agency.

She explains Fouss was certified since 1999 and never once showed any suspicious signs and no parent ever complained. "We've really had no major situations in regard to 'Dee' providing care for any of the children. The parents and children actually really seem to like Dee. There were some minor things, like paper work and things that you have to stay on top of but there was never really any situation involving Dee that would've"

Fouss was a Type B provider, meaning she was certified to do child care in her home up to six children, no more than three can be under the age of two. "This allows a certified provider to child care for individuals that are eligible for subsidized child care."

Bauerbach says Fouss went through extensive background checks when she was certified. They also do at least two unannounced home visits a year where they search the home and as far as Fouss goes, there were no concerns.

She says there is no standard state requirement for drug testing.
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A Washington County certified day care provider is now behind bars.

A child care giver allegedly caught selling drugs out of her home.

"In the investigation we found that sales were going on in this residence, while children were present," explains Washington County Sheriff, Larry Mincks.

Washington County Major Crimes Task Force Agents arrested Deidra Fouss Thursday Morning, December 13th, for trafficking drugs.

Agents say they bought 35 Vicodin pills from Deidra Fouss in late October. The buyer says at least three kids were in the house at the time.

"Our undercover operative went it and made the buy. There were children present at the time and they were some of the children she was taking care of, and they were there, that's why we decided to react whether rapidly and get a warrant because she is doing this with children."

Investigators do not believe Fouss was using while on the job and showed no signs that she was impaired. The Sheriff's Office says they did wait a little over a month because they had to gather more evidence and the kids did not appear to be in any immediate danger.

Parents never reported any suspicious activity.

Fouss is self employed but is a certified day care provider through the county.

"She was actually elligable to take care of children for families that were unable to afford the entire amount and then that amount was subsidized by the state, so that's why she had to have a certified child care certificate."

At the time of the arrest, agents say there were three children she was babysitting, plus her one of her own. Family and Job Services helped with the children.

"They have revoked her permit, effective today." Fouss now sits in the Washington County Jail with bond pending.

Fouss is charged with third degree felony of trafficking drugs.
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A Washington County certified day care provider is now behind bars.

Washington County Major Crimes Task Force Agents arrested Deidra Fouss Thursday Morning, December 13th, for trafficking drugs. Children were in the house at the time.

Agents say they made a controlled buy of 35 Vicodin pills from Fouss in October. The confidential informant says there were at least three children in the house at the time.

Fouss is a self employed but is certified through the county.

At the time of the arrest, Agents say there were three children she was babysitting, plus her one of her own children. Family and Job Services helped with the children.

Fouss is now in the Washington County jail with bond pending.


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