New Hampshire

Ex-Day Care Employee Accused of Assaulting Infants in Her Care

Authorities say Manchester resident Chelsea Blais turned herself in Tuesday morning

A former New Hampshire day care employee is facing assault charges after being accused of improperly caring for infants in her care, and possibly abusing them.

Manchester police say Chelsea Blais, 32, of Manchester was arrested after turning herself in Tuesday morning.

Detectives started their investigation earlier this month into allegations that a worker at Alpha-Bits Learning Center was inappropriately caring for and possibly abusing infants.

As a result of their investigation, police say Blais has been charged with four counts of simple assault against three different victims, all of whom are under the age of 1.

Detective Sgt. Matthew LaRochelle would not explain what Blais is accused of doing, but he said the children are expected to be okay.

"No major injuries, but we can't get into that, either," LaRochelle said. "The case is still under investigation, so there is a lot we can't get into."

It's not clear when Blais' employment at the daycare center ended or if she has an attorney. Blais is out of jail on $5,000 personal recognizance, and she's due in Manchester District Court on March 22.

Investigators say Alpha-Bits Learning Center has been cooperating and is working with families.

In a statement, the day care center said they took "immediate corrective action" and are working with affected families and staff.

"Alpha-Bits is committed to providing a safe, nuturing environment to every child entrusted to our care," a spokesperson said.

Police say the state's Department of Health and Human Services' child care licensing unit helped in its investigation.

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