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Day care owner failed to report sex crimes against kids, Mississippi prosecutors say

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Miss. — A Mississippi day care owner was charged with crimes against children after she allegedly failed to report that her husband was sexually abusing kids at her day care.

Sherry Westmoreland was arrested on Monday. She was charged with six counts of failing to make a mandatory report and six counts of contributing to the delinquency or neglect of a minor, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Sherry Westmoreland’s husband, John Westmoreland, was charged earlier this month after he allegedly touched at least one child for lustful purposes. All of the incidents reportedly happened at Sherry’s day care facility.

According to the sheriff’s department, the case began when one of the victims went home and told her parents that she was being molested by John Westmoreland. The Lafayette County Sheriff was notified and started an investigation.

Other victims — all girls between 6 and 12 years old — started coming forward with their complaints.

During the investigation, the department determined that Sherry Westmoreland knew that John Westmoreland was molesting the girls and didn’t report it to law enforcement officers.

She was taken to the Lafayette County Detention Center, where bail was set at $500,000.

Her husband was given $750,000 bail.