Wanted Omaha daycare operator arrested in Iowa

Published: Apr. 14, 2017 at 9:23 AM CDT
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Omaha daycare operator Lynn Rowe, wanted on a felony child abuse warrant, has been located in Harrison County Iowa and taken into custody.

The Sheriff's Department arrested her in Missouri Valley. No details of the arrest were released.

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.

Hearing the news of Rowe's arrest on Friday, Kelley Meyers issued the following statement:

"We are eternally grateful for Detective Flynn and the Omaha Police Department and all those involved in finding her. We appreciate all the support from our family, friends and the community and thankful to the media for helping us get our message out. And we are happy that she will have to take responsibility for her actions now."