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Waterbury, CT – Catalina Reyes, 54, was arrested after police say a baby was found hidden in a home daycare center crawlspace during an investigation of overcrowding. The D’D shocker… the baby was alive and unharmed.

According to reports, the Department of Public Health received a report that Reyes’ center was overcrowded. On March 14, an inspector was dispatched to the center to investigate. After a four-hour-long investigation, the inspector reportedly heard crying that could not be ascribed to the children identified to be in Reyes’ care.

The source of the crying?! …a 6-month-old baby who was reportedly hidden behind a locked door in a basement crawlspace so that Reyes’ center could meet ratio during the inspection. Police said the child – who was strapped in a car seat – had no supervision, food, or drink throughout the time of the inspection.

In an apparent indication of the importance of convenient childcare when compared to, say, the health and well-being of their children, some of Reyes’ clientele have come out in support of her efforts. When asked if she would still bring her three-year-old son to the daycare after the recent investigation, customer Margi Fitzgerald unequivocally said ‘yes.’

“I thought maybe it was some kind of misunderstanding, it couldn’t be true, and if it was there had to be some logical reason…,” said Margi Fitzgerald adding that, “Someone must have dropped off an unexpected child right before the health inspector arrived.”

Ms. Fitzgerald, of course, is absolutely right. Someone must have unexpectedly dropped off a child at Reyes’ center on the day of the inspection and – when confronted with this – Reyes would have had absolutely no choice but to hide the child in a basement crawlspace. As Ms. Fitzgerald says… it’s simply logic.

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Sadly then, it appears that the real problem is not, in fact, with overcrowding, but with crying. Our society’s continued inability to provide home daycare providers access to baby-sized ball-gags and mild sedatives has doomed parents to face head-on instances of overcrowding and, quite possibly, the substandard care that comes with it.  Think of it this way… Just one low-dose carbon monoxide delivery system could have relegated the Reyes’ center’s overcrowding issue to the basement crawlspace of parents’ minds where it belongs. When – oh when – will the needs of parents be made a priority?!

Reyes was charged with risk of injury to a minor and jailed.  She was later released after posting $5,000 bond. It was not reported if Reyes’ incarceration was longer or shorter than the baby’s.

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  • Sam

    Holy shit. If i had a child in that daycare, I wouldn’t care how overcrowded the center was, i wouldn’t even care whether the overcrowding was sudden and unexpected or a standard way of conducting business for this daycare. But the sheer fact that the woman in charge thought it would be a good idea to stuff a 6month old child IN A FUCKING CRAWLSPACE FOR 4 HOURS, would make me VERY determined to NEVER send my child back there again. I can’t believe all these moms still supporting her. I guess affordable health care must be more important than the safety of your own flesh and blood.

  • oOXColdmoonXOo

    If anyone is going to be stuffing my children in the crawlspace it’s going to be me.


  • kniption

    Sheesh, Sam!  Next you’ll be advocating proper nutrition for babies, too.  It’s a slippery slope, people…

  • JGo555

    I love the contemptuous look on her face. It also looks like she’s saying: “Bitch, please! Let’s get this shit started, I gotta go get my eyebrows done so I can look like I’m fucking annoying, sarcastic, and bitchy all with the lift of a brow.”

    And Miss Margi Fitzgerald without the logical E missing, you will soon regret your words & your tv appearance…

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    So nice when money is a priority over child safety.  If anything bad happened to that baby while it was in that crawlspace, what would that idiot do or say then?

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    Just make sure you quiet the little bastards first. I see no reason you should go to jail for that. 

  • JohnQknowitall

    I understand what you are saying and agree for the most part. She doesn’t seem to be a bad person given the testimony of the mentioned mom. My guess is, and this is no justification, that the inspector arrived and the baby was put there for a few minutes or so, which then turned into four hours. NOW if the inspector spent four hours observing suspected overcrowding, then this daycare cannot be the only one guilty of not following the ratio related law.

    As mentioned: the baby was not dead or abused other than unsupervised imprisonment. No other “incidents” were mentioned. I think I would take my imaginary and adorable prodigy child back too.

  • I know right?! At six months old she could have stuck a beef jerky stick in one hand for the baby to suck on and pop in a bottle in the other with good Huggie’s on the baby’s bottom. That child would have been gold for 6+ hours. 


  • sugarpie

    I’d rather take a fine for overcrowding than risk of injury to a minor. 

  • LeaveMeBe

    The only problem I see here is that the woman put the infant in an inappropriate place. Everyone knows you don’t put an infant that has just learned to roll over and sit up in a crawlspace. A six month old doesn’t even KNOW how to crawl yet. Pffft.

  • Jemimabean

    Exactly, the little bugger was in a safety seat, after all- she could have just lobbed the whole package over the neighbour’s wall for a bit.

  • Deety

    If I felt she was really great with the kids, I might, too.

    It may sound strange, but I would rather have a child-care provider who was fantastic with kids and truly enjoys them but was occasionally idiotic than someone who was going to plop them in front of a Disney movie day after day but would never make a mistake.

  • Deety

    Totally off-topic: What kind of cock is that in your avatar? And why?

  • First off while I was younger I was dropped at a home daycare beginning at the age of I wanna say 3 I believe and it was cool even tho she had permission to whoop our asses if we got out of line. I will never look at a wooden spoon the same again. In fact I have swatted my kid on the behind a few times with my wooden spoon becoz it was handy and he was in the kitchen reeking havoc. There were only like 5 of us tho if that. The same with my niece she went to a home daycare but the lady only had about 5 or 6 kids she cared for which to me is about as many as one adult can handle w/o enlisting more help or actually getting the funds to get a building to house a daycare.

    There is no way in hell I’d bring my kid back to a situation like this. I mean if she tucked a 6m/o baby away in a basement crawl space I’d hate to see what other lapses in judgment she has had. Its obvious this woman is in it for one thing and one thing only and that’s money not the welfare of the children she is taking care of and that’s what that Margi bitch needs to stop and think about. She also needs to stop and rethink her fucking statement of “Someone must have dropped off an unexpected child right before the health inspector arrived.” coz I’m sure had it been her child stuffed away like that she’d be pretty fucking livid. This lady gives home based day-cares a bad name IMO

  • Sam

    LMAO – ‘Hey neighbour! Heads up!” Can you imagine sitting in your garden drinking a cup of tea and getting pelted in the head by a baby??

  • Lena60

    Margi must be retarded.No way in hell would I take my baby back to that daycare night mare.I wonder what other corners she cuts in proper care of a child.

  • Sam

    I can see what you’re saying, but i would like to know how often they’d been inspected before, considering they were acting on reports of overcrowding so i’m thinking this might not have been the first time. If this was the first time, then possibly she could have been unaware of how long an inspection lasts and she could have panicked and put the child in the unfortunate position. But even then:
    a LOCKED (what if she’d lost the key?)
    CRAWLSPACE in the BASEMENT (I’m thinking dust, dirt, unhealthy air – possibly mouldy, cold, electrical cables hanging from the ceiling, possibly next to a boiler with carbon monoxide poisoning risks)
    She would have seen the situation she put the child in – surely if she had only intended the child to be there for a little while, she should have tried to do SOMEthing after 1 or 2 or 3 hours?? Get a next door neighbour to pretend to be a plumber doing routine maintenance and get him to squirrel the baby out the back door or SOMEthing?
    And, thinking about it – how did she know about this prime hiding spot? Is this something she had planned on using in this kind of situation? Is this maybe why she had a lock put on it? (i’ve never heard of locked crawlspaces before)

    Even if we forgive her initial fuck-up in a haze of panic, her continued cavalier attitude towards the child’s safety by leaving it there tells me my child would most certainly NOT be going anywhere near her again.

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    I don’t know chickens, so I have no clue as to what this colorful gentleman might be. 
    I recently went to Key West and they have chickens all over to control the bug population, which I thought was rather charming. The cartoonist who did the comic “Shoe” lived in Key West and donated a painting called “Rooster in Drag” to commemorate Key West diverse population. I really loved the painting which is not for sale. However, I stumbled upon this guy who looks like the painting and had to take his photo. He is my Key West rooster in drag. 

  • Deety

    He’s lovely, I have one that looks quite similar. Beautiful plumage!

  • Deety

    Or stuffed it in the fridge- they’re much better at muffling cries.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I am sure we will hear more. I haven’t condemned her yet, but was the crawl space locked or did it have a lock. I know what was reported, but… the transcripts will reveal. The neighbor may have complained… I honestly don’t know.

    I would certainly like all the parents at a single meeting discussing the situation with owner and staff in a not heated meeting. Apparently nothing else was wrong except a single incident of fear.

  • JohnQknowitall

    When I read the word “idiotic” I gasped and then thought that yeah it was idiotic because it was so completely unusual that even a parent was comfortable enough not only to send her child back, but to say so on television.

  •  She probably expects them to change their own nappies and fix their own bottles/meals as well if she thinks a 6m/o is ok for 4hrs w/o proper supervision or food in a damn basement crawlspace. This story has definitely busted my WTF meter for right this moment. I would say for the day but this is the D’D and it ain’t even noon yet so I’m sure some more foolishness will overtake this by then!

  • DangerousKindOfSnark

    Hehe, love Python references. He was quite the show off and stayed still for my camera. He was hanging around a mom with several bitty chicks. I am seriously in smit with Key West.

  • Can I just say she looks AMAZING for her age? She’s obviously sacrificing some of those babies to Beelzebub for eternal youth.

  • Jemimabean

    And snacks are always on hand! Win!

  • Jemimabean

    *visions of Countess Bathory rolling around in a crawlspace drenched with the blood of small children*

  • Abroad

    How could the investigation take four hours? How long does it take to line the kids up and count them, then line the carers up and count them? Even if they were looking at her accounts as well, surely that could not have taken that long?

  • sherrdbw

    Some people are in dire situations and they make their decisions based on what is the smaller evil, imperfect daycare or no income. Fortunately I have always had enough family members or after school care to help me when I worked. I can’t imagine what I would have done otherwise and thank God I don’t have to find out. I don’t know what the solution to this is.

  • I wonder if the chick in the vid would feel the same way if it were her child stuffed into a crawl space in a dirty ass diaper for hours.

  • NotSayin_JusSayin

    I will absolutely hide babies in Catalina’s Daughter, Lesbeth Reyes’ ‘Crawl-Space’.

  • onlyme356

    I thought the same thing, she looks much younger than her age.

  • onlyme356

    Yea I know I’ll sound crazy, but I think it was just very poor judgment on her part and not intentional child abuse or neglect. She was trying to keep her license and panicked, made a bad decision but it doesn’t make her a horrible person. Of course, if it was my baby, I’d still kick her ass. Most crawlspaces are homes for disease carrying animals, rats, bugs, who knows what was down there. Wish I could see the crawlspace, for all we know it was already decked out for the baby for this kind of circumstance.

  • People like you say that until your kid eats it because she was too busy paying attention to the large number of other children. Then you would sue and ask why the state did not pay more attention. Come on, you know it’s true.