Two owners of an Alexandria day-care center were charged after seven young children in their care were not properly secured inside a vehicle, police said.
Betty Ross, 34, and Cassandra Lewis, 37, were charged Thursday with seven counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Arlington police said. They were released on summons.
On Thursday morning, police pulled over a vehicle as it was exiting the parking lot of the Weenie Beenie in the 2600 block of Shirlington Road, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said. The vehicle was occupied by Ross, Lewis and seven children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years.
None of the children were buckled in car seats or wearing seat belts. One of the kids was sitting on the lap of an adult in the front passenger's seat, and two children were sitting in the rear cargo area which does not have seats or safety restraints, police said. The children were not physically injured and were all returned to their parents.