Police find 26 kids behind false wall at Colorado day care

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -

Police who went to a Colorado day care for a welfare check after receiving complaints that the business was housing more children than its license allowed say they found more than two dozen kids behind a false wall that hid the entrance to a basement.

Officers who went to the Play Mountain Place day care in Colorado Springs on Wednesday didn’t find any children at the facility but located the owner at a home on the same property.

Police said the owner, 58-year-old Carla Faith, refused to work with them.

After hearing noises downstairs, the officers discovered the wall and found two adults and 26 children, all under 3 years old, inside the finished basement.

Faith wasn't arrested, but they are working on a plan to pursue "appropriate" charges.

"I'm really hoping that nothing more nefarious has been going on and that, in fact it is an overcrowding issue, which is bad enough as it is," Sherry Macwilliam, a mother of a child found behind the wall, told KKTV.

Police haven’t indicated that anyone was being held against their will.

The Department of Human Services suspended the day care’s license, but no one has been charged. Play Mountain Place didn’t respond to a phone message Thursday evening.

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