Day care provider arrested in toddler ‘timeout’



BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Police in the Portland suburb of Beaverton say they arrested a licensed day care provider after she told them she locked a 15-month-old toddler outdoors for a “timeout.” Officers had responded to a neighbor’s call about a little girl heard crying for more than an hour outside a home.

Police spokeswoman Pam Yazzolino said 58-year-old Susanne Pounds was arrested Wednesday for investigation of endangering the welfare of a minor. The spokeswoman said since officers also found Pounds’ daughter, 29-year-old Christine Pounds and Christine’s boyfriend, 31-year-old David Vigil, at the home with heroin, they were arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

Pounds was also watching three other children — a 9-year-old and two 3-year-olds. Police called parents and asked them to pick up their children. The children were unharmed.

The Oregonian says Pounds operates Susie’s Playroom.

Police say they notified the state Department of Human Services and State Licensing Board.