Daycare owner indicted on 13 injury to child counts

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Published: Jun. 5, 2019 at 8:06 AM CDT
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A Goldthwaite woman was named in May in a 13-count indictment in which the grand jury alleges she intentionally injured children who were in her care.

Sharon Riewe, 59, was charged with 13 separate counts of injury to a child that were filed after sheriff’s office and district attorney investigators completed an investigation at Miss Sharon’s Day Care in August 2018, chief Mills County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Green said.

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office initiated the investigation after receiving a complaint through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that alleged children at the day care were suffering physical abuse, Green said.

Green and Investigator Deputy Stephanie Brown and Child Protective Services Investigator Angel Mascareno conducted several interviews with both current and prior attendees of the daycare along with their parents.

Green said deputies saw evidence of injuries during some of the interviews and information revealed evidence of physical abuse that involved victims ranging in age from 3- years to 8-years-old.

“During the investigation it was revealed there had been other allegations of the same nature that had been investigated by the state in 2007 and 2013,” Green said, but no action ever was taken.

As the investigation went on more families came forward to report what their children had experienced.

“It was a lengthy and very exhaustive investigation, Green said, and “everybody (in the sheriff’s office) had at least a little part of it.”

On May 11, Riewe turned herself in to the Lampasas Police Department and was booked into the Lampasas County Jail on 13 counts of Injury to a Child, after which she posted a $10,000 bond and was released, Green said.