LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — On Wednesday, Lockhart officials said a fourth suspect was arrested in connection to a sexual assault incident that occurred at the Children’s Center of Lockhart, also known locally as Connie’s Kidz.
Three people were previously arrested after the Lockhart Police Department opened an investigation into a reported sexual assault of a 3 year old at a daycare earlier this month.
Amber Chatelain told KXAN she found out her child was assaulted at Connie’s Kidz the day after it happened when a Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) investigator told her about the report.
“I literally dropped her off that morning, and they looked me in my face knowing what happened the day before and didn’t say anything,” Chatelain said.
A 13 year old was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. His name is not being released.
Connie Mendoza was arrested on charges of tampering with a witness, obstruction and failure to make a child abuse report with intent to conceal.
Christine Amaya was arrested on charges of failure to make a child abuse report with intent to conceal. Amaya has since met bond and was no longer in custody as of Wednesday.
Rafael Santa Maria was arrested Tuesday night and charged with tampering with a witness. Santa Maria has also met bond and was no longer in custody as of Wednesday.
Chatelain said these arrests are a step in the right direction, but this is just the beginning.
“Justice for my daughter is going to be all of the people involved doing jail time of some form,” Chatelain said.
Due to the nature of their charges, each person could face jail time. KXAN is working to find attorney information for the four people arrested. This story will be updated if we receive a response.
Texas DFPS has been cooperating with law enforcement during the investigation. The daycare also remains closed.
You can search for licensed child care centers in Texas Health and Human Services’ daycare database.
The investigation is active. No additional details are available.