Daycare owner's husband arraigned on 4 counts of criminal sexual conduct
LINDEN, Mich. - A Linden daycare owner's husband has been arraigned on four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving two victims under the age of 13 who attended the daycare at his home. In July, the daycare’s license was suspended from an investigation.
Linden Police Chief Scott Sutter confirms 60-year-old Douglas Walsh of Linden was arraigned in Genesee County 67th District Count.
According to Police Chief Sutter, in June of 2017 Child Protective Service contacted police about alleged abuse of the two victims under the age of 13. Police tell NBC25 the victims stopped attending the daycare back in 2016. Police say Walsh is accused of inappropriately touching the two victims genitals. Police say no charges are pending for daycare owner, his wife, Jana Walsh.
On July 13, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs investigated a claim of violations of the Child Care Organizations Act and administrative rules regarding family and group child care homes. Based on their findings the agency suspended the Linden in-home daycare. LARA says they took emergency action to protect the health, welfare, and safety of children. The state revoked Walsh’s license on Thursday, October 5.
Douglas Walsh was released on a personal recognizance bond, and he has a tether. He is due back in court October 12 for a probable cause conference.
Walsh's attorney Frank J. Manley released this statement to NBC25, "Rushing to judgement is very dangerous. Mr. Walsh maintains his innocence and expects to be cleared of these baseless charges".
LARA says the owner Jana Walsh may not accept children for care. Jana Walsh has held a certificate of registration to operate a family child care home since March 1, 1994.