“A woman accused of failing to report suspected child abuse at an Abilene church day care turned herself in Wednesday morning in Baird.
Amanda McKee surrendered at 8 a.m., making her $2,000 bond by 8:30 a.m., said Julie Lemon, administrator at the Callahan County Jail.
According to court documents, McKee, who was at the time director of the Wylie Baptist Church Child Development Center, is a “professional who has a duty to report child abuse because she is the director of a childcare facility that is licensed by the state,” and did not.
Police had previously arrested Benjamin Roberts, who worked at the center, on charges of indecency with a child and possession of child pornography. This week a charge of continuous sexual abuse of children was added.
At a news conference Tuesday, police said an arrest warrant had been issued for McKee. Failure to report is a Class A misdemeanor.
According to court documents, on April 4, the Abilene Police Department investigated an aggravated sexual assault involving an employee of the day care.
During that investigation, it was “revealed to Abilene officers that the director of the childcare facility, Amanda McKee, had received numerous other complaints … from parents and other employees” concerning Roberts.
McKee was told by other employees that Roberts was having children sit in his lap throughout the day, two observing that Roberts was visibly aroused after a child got off his lap.
Both employees told McKee about the incident.
McKee did not make a report to police regarding the incident “within 48 hours or at all,” according to the documents.
An employee also informed McKee that she knew Roberts would go into the bathroom with older boys. The policy was to take older children as a group and for teachers to wait outside.
McKee did not take any action, the documents say, and several parents reported to McKee that they didn’t want their children around Roberts because of the way he had been touching them.
Parents reported that Roberts had their child in his lap and that it was “not appropriate,” the documents say, while another parent reported to McKee that Roberts had rubbed their child’s back during nap time.
That parent asked that his child to not be around Roberts and – if she was – for him to not touch her.
Some parents removed their children from the facility because no corrective action was taken, the documents state.
Officers interviewed McKee regarding the apparent failures to report abuse, to which she responded that she “has problems with her memory and she did not remember” any employees reporting to her about Roberts being visibly aroused after having a child in his lap.
McKee said that she saw Roberts with children in his lap, but he “was not written up for it,” according to the documents.
McKee did remember complaints in general regarding Roberts being a “guy that worked in a daycare.”
Police have opened 21 cases possibly involving Roberts, who worked at Wylie Baptist Church Child Development Center, a day care at Southern Hills Church of Christ and youth programs at Beltway Park Church.
The confirmed victim count against Roberts, arrested in April, remains at eight, police said Tuesday.”