Former daycare owner is accused of locking children in a daycare attic and is now charged with a crime.
Lorinda Tuttle says it's all a big misunderstanding.
While Lorinda Tuttle appeared in court in Knox County Monday morning, the state began investigating her unlicensed daycare.
Lorinda Tuttle is accused of serious charges after police say 5 children in her daycare where found in a hot attic, along with broken glass, exposed nails, loose wiring, and even dead animals.
But Tuttle says she’s not guilty.
“Justice will come out, truth will come out,” Tuttle said.
The court of public opinion may have already ruled against her, but Tuttle says the truth tells a much different story.
“I’ve never been in trouble for any type of child abuse. I would never hurt a child in any way,” Tuttle said.
The Great Start Day Care is now closed. But Tuttle says that was her decision and no one forced it upon her.
State health officials tell us that there hasn’t been an order to close because they’ve never seen a license or a certificate to operate the day care.
Tuttle says the business will be closed until the case is resolved.
Tuttle got out of jail after posting a $10,000 bond and will be back in court on July 31st.
Tuttle’s husband was also in court. He pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct because of an obscene gesture he gave a WYMT reporter when his wife was being arrested.
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