Felony child abuse warrant issued for metro daycare provider

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Omaha Police have issued a felony child abuse warrant for the owner of a metro daycare.

Police received a complaint of child abuse that occurred at Lynn’s Learning Center, 3109 S. 112th Street, on Monday. The parents of the 4-year old female child reported that daycare owner, Lynn Rowe, had physically abused their child in her care. The incident was caught on video.

An employee sent the video to the victim’s mother which shows Rowe hitting the young girl. The victim's mother contacted police.

“You’re mad, you’re sad, you’re confused, upset. I mean, we feel betrayed by her," said the victim's mother, Kelley Meyers. “Even if you’re 100 percent confident in who’s watching your children, just make sure.”

Investigators reviewed the video and said in their report that Rowe and the victim were sitting at a table together when Rowe became upset. The report alleges that Rowe “hit her on the head a few times.” Rowe told the girl, “Quit messing with your hair” and then punched the girl’s left arm. Police noted the girl could be heard saying “that hurt me” to Rowe in the video. Rowe responded to the girl and said “Good, I hope it hurt you” before forcibly shaking the girl. Police said Rowe then “slammed” the girl’s arms on the table several times.

The employee who recorded the video told investigators that she was "shocked and scared" and unsure how to handle the situation. The employee reported the incident to CPS the next day. On Sunday, the employee texted Rowe and told her she could no longer work there. The girl's parents are thankful to the employee.

“Making people aware that these situations happen,” said the girl's father, Al Meyers. “If we can stop this from happening even just once, that makes it worth it.”

“It kills me that she was there for three days after it happened and we still didn’t know,” Kelley said.

Detectives obtained a felony arrest warrant for Rowe on Wednesday. The Omaha Metro Fugitive Task force has been unable to locate Rowe.

Anyone with information about Rowe’s location is encouraged to call the Omaha Police Special Victim’s Unit at 402-444-5636 or Omaha Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP.

Omaha Police detectives are continuing to investigate if any other children where subject to abuse or neglect at Lynn’s Learning Center. Anyone that believes their child may have been a victim of abuse or neglect at Lynn’s Learning Center is encouraged to call the Omaha Police Special Victim’s Unit at 402-444-5636.