Woodbridge residents Anila Qayyum and Rabia Qayyum were charged with recklessly endangering children after detectives found seven unsupervised children in a residential daycare on Abilene Way, Prince William County police spokesperson Jonathan Perok said.
Police responded to the daycare after reports that children at the daycare were not being well supervised. Detectives from the Physical Abuse Unit and Child Protective Services arrived at Sept. 11 at 1:59 p.m. and found 21 children, all 4 years old or younger, inside the daycare, with seven infants left in car seats in the home.
"The accused, A. Qayyum, was running an unlicensed daycare out of the residence," Perok said. "There were only two adults caring for the children. The second accused person, R. Qayyum, is a relative of A. Qayyum and was assisting with the children. Seven of the children inside the residence that were less than a year old and were found to be strapped into car seats throughout the residence, including a bathroom and closet."
No children were injured, however, the detectives said they were not properly supervised. The children were released to their parents and guardians, and police executed a search warrant at the house. The investigation is ongoing.
Anila Qayyum, 29, and Rabia Qayyum, 23, were each charged with seven counts of reckless endangerment of a child. Their court date information is unavailable. They are being held on $8,000 secured bonds.
Editor's Note: The above information came from the Prince William County Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned it does not indicate a conviction.
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