Daycare House of Horrors Shut Down & the Details Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine

Horrifying 327

When you leave your kids in daycare, it takes an incredible amount of trust. These are your precious babies. The most important people to you in the world. You want to know that they are being well taken care of. And most daycares are awesome and do an incredibly difficult job and do it wonderfully.

But then you hear about ones like this, and it makes you cringe. It makes you outraged. A California daycare was shut down after inspectors found it to be a virtual house of horrors: The building was determined to be uninhabitable. There were no working toilets. There was no electricity. There were mice droppings. There were knives left around. And that's not all folks. One of the children, a 2-year-old girl, reportedly tested positive for marijuana use!

Roubena Hartounian was arrested and her daycare, Bina's Family Child Care in Glendale, was shut down after the parents of a 2-year-old girl rushed her to the hospital after she was "unresponsive" when they picked her up.

The toddler subsequently was reported to have tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Reportedly, marijuana pipes were also found inside the daycare. It's unclear how the toddler ended up testing positive for THC. Had the toddler mistakenly eaten something? Was she given something on purpose?? The lead investigator says:

We are still trying to determine whether the marijuana was consumed there ... if we can make that connection.

Wow, this is all pretty horrific. And I don't want to play blame the parents here, but reading that list of problems with the daycare -- including piled up dirty dishes, knives on the counter that kids could access, no working toilets, and no electricity -- I'm thinking, who would leave their kids there?! Did the parents not look at the place? Were they so desperate that they needed this one because of price? What?

Was this place never inspected? How was this place open for business? Baffling and horrible.

What do you do to make sure your kids' daycare is safe?


Image via Glendale Police

crime, in the news

327 Comments

To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

worki... workingmama86

The parents should be facing charges as well... neglect? maybe. They had to have known the conditions of this place when dropping off their kids each day. SMH. 

mommy... mommyinthe303

WOW, I went through the entire house before my kids were left and the facitlity. Shame on the parents really.

nonmember avatar Nashville Mommy

This is insane! I always go in with my child and check out the facilities. I toured one house that had the state's 3 star rating and there were liquor bottles lined up on a shelf one inch from the floor. I'm not sure how that home passed the state rating but needless to say, we didn't go back!

alliem82 alliem82

I take care of a child in my home.  I've known the father forever, we grew up in the same town, went to the same schools and he dated my sister for five+ years before they grew apart and they both married other people.  Even knowing pretty much everything about me that he needed to know, when they started bringing their child to me, i brought them into the home, showed them all of the rooms and told them exactly what would be going on throughout the day.  i totally blame the parents for not knowing what the hell was going on in that daycare.  how do you drop your child off in a place like that and feel ok about it?  can't believe it!

the4m... the4mutts

I agree, shame on the parents!!

I dont care what the price is, my children's safety trumps ANYTHING!

I would rather see a parent lose their job, and go on welfare, than to endanger their children. There are always other options.

Katriena Young

Okay if the house was unlivable and all that is said, then how could the girl's parents leave their child there? Something fishy is going on here.

nonmember avatar Kate

While this woman and what she did absolutely disgusts me... I have to wonder why it had to get this far for the parents to take their child out of her care. I have worked in the Daycare industry. There is not a doubt in my mind that these parents knew this woman did not have a licensed daycare. It's unfortunate but I have seen it many times. It costs a fortune to put children in daycare and parents choose to go the cheaper route and have someone that is not registered and does not follow state regulations. A toddler died in my hometown in an unlicensed daycare, with the mother acknowledging that she knew it was unlicensed, but it was all she could afford. I hope this woman gets what she deserves... and I also hope the parents that allowed this woman to watch their children take personal responsibility and start putting their children's welfare first.

Bryce... Brycesmommy21

I agree the parents are no better for leaving their kids there. They should be looked into as well

jalaz77 jalaz77

Who the hell brings their kids there. So dumb.

wamom223 wamom223

The parents should totally be held responsible.  I drive twenty minutes to my son's pre-school because I thought it was the best for my son.  A pain in the but when there is a pre-school around the corner but I wanted something specific for my son and wanted to feel safe with him there.  For me a big red flag is when a place tells you to call before you come in.  For safety reasons we have to ring a doorbell at my sons school but you can show up unexpectedly and its no big deal.  I agree with thefourmutts.  Nothing is more important than the safety of your children.

1-10 of 327 comments 12345 Last
F