Police: Toddler was smothered to death during nap time
A daycare worker in Chandler accused of smothering a 2½-year-old more than two months ago was still working at the preschool up until Tuesday when she was arrested on second-degree murder charges at her home.
Candelaria Bradford, who children and parents knew as "Candy," is accused of pressing Selenia Moreno's head and body into a mat as she cried during naptime at Colorful Kids Preschool on Nov. 5.
Bradford had already finished her shift for the day when other daycare workers found the child not breathing 45 minutes later. Bradford told police she didn't intentionally or accidentally hurt the child.
Bradford was arrested Tuesday afternoon at her Tempe home and accused of suffocating the toddler.
The child had a purple bruise on her forehead, a red mark on her hand and her skin was discolored purple, consistent with smothering, according to police reports.
The article goes into further detail than I copied here.
Then, I searched the website of the Arizona Department of Health Services - Division of Licensing Services for any records of reports against childcare facilities in the state of Arizona. A total of 184 PAGES of providers popped up (2752 different childcare centers) that had all failed inspection or had a charge against them!!! Each of these centers had several incidents listed against them, and the farthest back I found on my very brief search was from 2006.
It's just sickening. I feel so bad for these children.