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Former Abbotsford Day Care Owen and Family Charged for Keeping Children in Horrific Conditions Appear in Clark County Court on Wednesday
Thursday, February 13th, 2020 -- 1:06 pm
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director

-A former Abbotsford Day Care worker and her family appeared in Clark County Court after the children they were watching were found in deplorable conditions.

In April of last year, authorities received reports from parents that their children had severe diaper rash that would only clear up after they weren’t at the daycare and their children seemed desperate for food when they’d get home. Authorities had issues in the past with this daycare watching too many kids and other issues. At the beginning of April, authorities went to the daycare owned by Naomi Konieczny. They discovered 11 children that day, six of which were in a dimly lit room strapped into high chairs, two strapped in car seats and two more in separate pack-and-plays. They had no toys or food. In another room, they discovered a child in a pack-and-play with some plywood on the top. The plywood had nails in it, sticking into the pack-and-play. The home itself was in poor condition, with boxes and other clutter around the home. When asked about some of the other accusations against her and the conditions of the home, Konieczny initially denied them, but then would later admit to them. Konieczny would leave children in their car seats or in high chairs the entire time they were there and not provide them with food. She would also give the children Benadryl, even if they weren’t sick, in order to make them sleep the entire time they were there.

They would also threaten the children by stating if they didn’t behave, they would have their fingers chopped off, they would be sent outside naked, they would be pushed down the stairs or they would have to sleep in the garage. Konieczny also admitted to verbally abusing children for soiling their diapers, children were pushed to the floor, dragged across the floor and heads banged into corners when they were told to go into time out. Naomi is facing 25 charges, most of them felonies, including 2 counts of causing mental harm to a child, 12 counts of neglecting a child harm did not occur and child under 6 years, 7 counts of 2nd-degree recklessly endangering safety, neglecting a child, child abuse-recklessly causing harm and day care provider failure to be licensed. Naomi’s daughter, Rachel Konieczny, is facing 20 charges as she was helping at the day care and responsible for some of the actions against the children. Rachel is facing charges of 2 counts of causing mental harm to a child, 16 counts of neglecting a child harm did not occur and child under 6 years, 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety and child abuse-recklessly causing harm.

Finally, Naomi’s husband, Gary Konieczny, is also facing a charge of 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety for his part in the incident. During their court appearances on Wednesday, Naomi and Gary waived the reading of the complaint and time limits for a preliminary hearing. They’re scheduled to be back in court on March 5th. Rachel stated she was still looking for an attorney and her initial appearance was delayed, again, until March 31st. Rachel is also facing a charge of bail jumping as she recently left the state of Wisconsin and, as a part of her bail conditions, she is not allowed to do so unless getting prior approval from the courts.

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