Betty Ross, Cassandra Lewis charged in daycare case

The owners of a daycare center in Alexandria are accused of driving young children around without buckling them in first. The charges stem from an April 11 incident when police pulled over a vehicle carrying seven children.

Betty Ross, 34, and Cassandra Lewis, 37, both of Alexandria, were charged with seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Motorists driving along Shirlington Road noticed the vehicle full of unrestrained children. The kids were between the ages of 5 months and 3-years-olds. None of the children were injured.

One child was unsecured and sitting in the lap of the adult in the front passenger seat. Two toddlers were seated in the rear cargo area of the vehicle, which had no seats and no restraints, according to Arlington County Police.

ABC7 has learned the City of Alexandria issued a permit for a daycare at the residence and provided Ross with training. The city also conducted follow-up inspections. Social workers actually placed a child in Ross' daycare.

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