State health officials have shut down an in-home day care in Omaha, and its operator has been charged with a felony after a child was injured.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order that bars Catarina Lopez from caring for any children other than her own.
A 16-month-old girl who attended the day care suffered an acutely fractured and dislocated left arm, according to an arrest affidavit.
Lopez, who operated the day care at 3931 U St., has been charged with committing intentional child abuse, a felony. During an interview with authorities, Lopez “made admissions … that she had caused the injury to the child when she forcefully pulled the child by her left arm up from the floor,” according to the affidavit. Lopez said the child cried and she had to calm her by giving her a bottle.
Doctors also found signs of multiple fractures to the girl’s shoulders, arms and wrists in various stages of healing, the affidavit says.
Lopez was arrested after a call from Children’s Hospital on Jan. 21. The girl’s mother told doctors that she noticed her daughter’s injury the day before when her daughter came home from the day care.
Lopez is being represented by a public defender. As of late Thursday afternoon, she remained in Douglas County Jail on $100,000 bail.
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