LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — Two sisters who own a San Francisco Bay area child care center have been arrested for swaddling babies so tightly it allegedly impaired their ability to move and breathe.
The Oakland Tribune reports that 35-year-old Nazila Sharaf and 33-year-old Lida Sharaf each were charged on Wednesday with three felony counts and four misdemeanor counts of child abuse and neglect.
Officer Steve Goard tells the Tribune that the women wrapped the infants' torsos and limbs in blankets, secured the coverings with knots, and then left the children that way in an attempt to force them to go to sleep at the Livermore center, Universal Preschool.
The charges stem from the alleged mistreatment of seven babies between the ages of 7 and 11 months. Infants that old are not usually swaddled at all.
The sisters remained jailed Thursday on $700,000 bail.
Information from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com
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