Daycare Provider Arrest for Hard Drugs

By Brandi Bailey

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Parents of a 2-year-old child learn their babysitter's been arrested for drugs, and the child could have been in danger.

33-year-old Theresa Sunderland may have called herself a daycare provider, but after speaking with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, we learned that Sunderland was not registered, licensed or enrolled to be a daycare provider outside of her home.

The Broome County Special Investigation Unit Task Force arrested Sunderland Thursday after a nearly two-month investigation and a "no knock" search warrant in Johnson City.

At 130 Bernice Street, the SIU found Sunderland was in possession of roughly five ounces of both powder and crack cocaine, $250, and a digital scale.

The estimated street value of the drugs is $14,000.

At the time of the search, Sunderland was babysitting a two-year-old child.

"Upon the execution of the search warrant, the sergeant in charge of the Special Investigation Unit told me that there was in fact a 2-year-old and was close enough where it could have reached and had access to the cocaine," said Binghamton Police Chief, Joseph Zikuski.

The parents of the 2-year-old were called to pick up the child, and Child Protective Services was notified.

Sunderland was arraigned in the Village of Johnson City on charges of Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the second degree a class A felony, two count of Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the third degree a class b felony, and misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

She is still in custody at the Broome County Jail.

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