Phoenix woman who ran day care from her home faces abuse charges

A woman who ran a day care from her Phoenix home has been charged with abusing a boy in her care.

Jaquelin Cantor, 35, who told Phoenix police that she was in the United States illegally, was charged Oct. 5 with felony child abuse, according to the Maricopa County Attorney and Superior Court records.

Cantor was taken into custody April 20 at the Phoenix Police Department, 620 W. Washington St., as police investigated complaints from the child’s parent, court documents filed in the case show.

The mother of a 2-year-old boy picked up her son from Cantor’s home on East Baseline Road on Feb. 8 and observed bruises on his penis, court documents show. The boy had been staying at the home about 10 hours a day for a month.

Police questioned Cantor about the boy’s injuries, and she denied inflicting them. Cantor agreed to take a polygraph test April 20, during which said she squeezed the boy’s penis because she was frustrated about him touching himself and urinating on the bathroom floor, court documents show.

Police advised Cantor of her Miranda rights, interviewed her again, and she again made the same admission to officers, documents show.

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