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Boy, 14, accused of lewd acts at day-care center owned by mom

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of lewd acts at a Northern California day-care center owned by his mother, authorities said.

He was taken into custody by Placer County Sheriff's Department detectives at Colored Pencils Preschool and Child Care in Auburn. The teen, whose name was not released because he is a minor, lives at the home that is part of the child-care center.

"The last thing as a mom you want to think about, that you've left your child somewhere and they're not protected," said neighbor Elizabeth Stelzner.

The state suspended the center's license, finding that the owner -- the boy's mother -- violated her mandatory duty to report alleged crimes.

"She herself could be charged with failing to protect the children, which could have resulted in injury to the children. So she is in a very difficult place right now," said attorney Tom Johnson, who used to supervise a unit dedicated to investigating adult sexual assaults.

The teen was booked at the Placer County Juvenile Hall in Auburn.


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