8-Month-old Hospitalized With Skull Fracture and 2 Calif. Daycare Workers are Charged

Rudie Megan Maldonado, 29, and Felicia Ann Ferra, 50, are accused of neglecting and abusing a baby in their care -- and trying to hide it, say police

Rudie Megan Maldonado, Felicia Ann Ferra
Rudie Megan Maldonado and Felicia Ann Ferra. Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

Two California daycare workers are facing charges after being accused of concealing a skull fracture suffered by an 8-month-old boy in their care, authorities say.

"Photos of the suspects are being released, as investigators believe there may be additional victims," the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a news release obtained by PEOPLE.

On Thursday, after a four-month investigation by the sheriff's office, Rudie Megan Maldonado, 29, of San Bernardino, and Felicia Ann Ferra, 50, of Yorba Linda, who both are employees at Kiddie Academy in Rancho Cucamonga, were arrested and charged with child abuse and conspiracy.

Authorities began investigating on Sept. 4, 2021, when they were called to Loma Linda University Medical Center about an 8-month-old boy with a fractured skull, according to the sheriff's department.

The child's injuries were so severe that he was being treated in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

During the investigation, the sheriff's Crimes Against Children Detail learned that the baby attended the daycare center in Rancho Cucamonga.

"At the conclusion of the investigation, Rudie Megan Maldonado and Felicia Ann Ferra were arrested for conspiring to conceal the victim's injuries and neglect of the victim's well-being," the sheriff's department said in its statement.

Maldonado was arrested and charged with child abuse and conspiracy and was booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.

After an arrest warrant was issued for Ferra, she turned herself in at West Valley Detention Center and was booked under conspiracy and child abuse.

Both were released after posting bail. It could not be immediately determined whether either woman has retained an attorney to speak on her behalf.

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Kiddie Academy did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising released a statement to NBC Los Angeles, but said the academy in Rancho Cucamonga is an "independently owned and operated [franchise] location."

"We are aware of the serious allegations against an assistant teacher and the director of the Kiddie Academy of Rancho Cucamonga, California," according to the statement, which added: "We are committed to working with the franchise owners to ensure full cooperation with local authorities."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Roger Alfaro at (909) 387-3615, or forward anonymous tips through 1-800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.

If you suspect child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.

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