Eastern Child Development Center worker arrested

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Investigators said a daycare worker was captured on video shaking a baby in a violent manner, and it may not be the first time she’s done this.

Tuesday afternoon, that daycare worker, 40-year-old Ariadnys Armas-Camacho, was arrested for felony child abuse.

Still, some parents said they’re ready to move on.

CYFD investigators said Armas-Camacho was caught on video earlier this month abusing a baby at the Eastern Child Development Center, where she worked.

“We saw inappropriate treatment of infants occuring on the tenth, and then we saw additional inappropriate treatment of children so bad, that it is resulting in an arrest,” explained Monique Jacobson, Cabinet Secretary for the Children Youth and Families Department.

Jacobson said what she witnessed in a few days of surveillance video is enough to yank the daycare’s license pending an in-depth investigation.

“We want it to be done as quickly as possible but also we want it to be thorough,” said Jacobson. “We need it to be thorough because these are our children that we’re talking about.”

CYFD is in charge of licensing the daycare facility, but the state is not in charge of operations.

Parents and workers affected by the daycare closing said they’re ready to move on.

“Who’s paying our bills now?” Nancy Gomez, a teacher at the daycare, told KRQE News 13.

“This place helps me out tremendously,” said Sherry Pierce.

Pierce, along with other parents met with the CYFD secretary Tuesday to express concerns.

“I felt like it didn’t get no where,” Pierce told KRQE News 13 about the meeting with CYFD.

With the daycare closed, Pierce said it’s been a lot harder to juggle her three kids.

“I have to drive clear across the town just to get my kids to daycare,” Pierce explained. “We have to wake up two hours earlier than we normally do, which has a domino effect in school.”

Parents supporting the daycare said they’re grateful for the arrest. However, they said they still have faith in the other workers.

“My baby girl was in that room too, OK. It’s time to move on,” said Pierce.

CYFD officials insist the closure is necessary.

“Our responsibility first and foremost has to be to those children, and ensuring their safety,” Jacobson explained.

“We believe that further investigation is warranted before we feel comfortable having a license for that facility,” she added.

Jacobson said CYFD is working to accommodate parents to find other daycares.

Meanwhile, some parents claim the change is adversely affecting their kids and not working out so smoothly.

Jacobson couldn’t say when the daycare may reopen, citing a continuing CYFD and police investigation.

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