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Vallejo Daycare Shut Down Amid Accusations Of Molestation

VALLEJO (CBS 5) — The California Department of Social Services has shut down a home daycare in Vallejo after police accused the owner’s son of molesting two young girls and also confiscated dozens of digital images of children.

“We have seized some pictures and video,” said Sgt. Kenny Park, a Vallejo Police Department spokesman. “At this time, we’re trying to investigate whether they are related to child pornography.”

Thursday morning, Vallejo police arrested Samuel Cowper, 30, at Mary’s Daycare, a facility which also happens to be his parent’s home in the 1300 block of Elliott Drive. Cowper also lives at that residence. He is now is in the Solano County Jail, charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a minor. Bail is set at $966,667.

Officials said two girls have come forward recently to report Cowper molested them. One child, who is now 13, told investigators Cowper touched her private areas at least twice a month when she was between the ages of 3 and 7.

“The second victim is approximately 8 years old,” said Park. “And she’s claiming up until about two years ago the suspect was taking pictures of her while she was disrobing.”

According to documents provided to CBS 5 from the California Department of Social Services, the state has shut down the daycare facility temporarily, and has notified the providers, Mary and Charles Cowper, that the CDSS will also move to revoke their license permanently. Also, the state has banned Samuel Cowper for life from any facilities managed by the CDSS.

“We’re citing the licensees for their failure to act in their role of protecting the health, safety and welfare of people in their care,” said Michael Weston, a spokesman for the California Department of Social Services.

It is unclear whether confiscated photos and video contain any images of the daycare kids. Officials estimate as many as eighty kids have been watched by Mary’s Daycare since 2002.

The Vallejo Police Department is concerned there may be more victims, so they are asking parents to call Detective John Whitney at 1-800-488-9383 if they suspect their children may have been abused.

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  • Midnyte Blacke

    waste of space needs to be killed

  • Gary

    Hope this pervert get life behind bars!

  • Yanni

    I know him personally, it’s terrible and sad

    • tn

      Yes Yanni, being the prevert son of the day care owners, I wonder if this is just the tip of the iceberg. If these allegations are true, the perps need not only to be social work-banned for life, but need to be neutered, castrated and put behind bars for a very very long time.

  • Zack Debarco

    Yeah Yanni, it’s terrible and sad that this POS is still alive. Probably not what you were thinking.

  • Don't hurt children

    IF he did this, he should be turned over to the victims fathers……it is hard to believe because he looks like such a sweet little angel…..dang what an ugly mug….go ahead and turn the fathers loose on him……..

  • anonymous

    I also know Sam, I have known him for many years I have not spoken to him in many years but him and his family have always been good people with in the last few years tho I know Sam has gone down hill man’ this is freaking nut’s! I seen it on the news and was in denial until I seen his picture *deep breath* God bless those girls, there family and God Bless Sam’s family for having to be embarrassed and humiliated like this. I don’t have anything nice to say about Sam but I hope they keep him in jail for life.

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