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Directors of La Vernia daycare arrested, accused of failing to report sexual abuse

A spokesperson for the La Vernia Police Department confirmed the directors of Grandma’s House Child Care Center were arrested Monday.

LA VERNIA, Texas — Three people associated with Grandma’s House Child Care Center, including the owner, were arrested Monday, a spokesperson from the La Vernia Police Department confirmed.

Stella Coats, Douglas Coats and Amanda Tatum are all charged with ‘Professional Failed to Report Sexual Abuse.' They were arrested on 3rd Street in Floresville Monday morning. They each have a $6,000 bond for the charge, according to officials in Wilson County.

Tatum and Stella Coats are registered as directors of the daycare on the Texas HHS website.

KENS 5 has learned that the day care was cited by the Department of Family and Protective Services for 18 deficiencies over the past three years, with seven of those rated as "High."

A year ago, they were in violation for not reporting a situation that put a child at risk, though the department didn't provide any other details about that situation. They also received other violations for slapping children's hands as a form of discipline and the children were forced to do wall squats and run as a form of punishment.

KENS 5 talked to some other parents who also said their children were treated inappropriately at the day care center.

The daycare accepts children from six weeks to 12 years of age.