The adult son of a daycare owner and operator has been charged with sexually abusing at least three of the children in his mother’s care, and authorities are concerned that there may be more victims who have not yet come forward.
Ceola Harden’s 24-year-old son Quinlyn has been charged on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving a child under the age of 14 over an 8-year period between 2009 and 2017. Another child was under the age of 12 when she was sodomized and molested between 2008 and 2012.
Advocates representing the three young victims have expressed concern that more daycare abuse victims have not yet been discovered. Said one, “Given that Quinlyn was allowed to engage with all of the children despite the owner’s knowledge of abuse going back many years, we suspect there could be many more victims,” he said.
Daycare Abuse was Known to Center’s Owner
Though Ceola Harden has not been charged with daycare abuse, her child care license has been revoked by the Oregon Department of Education and the Stinky Feet Childcare center has officially been closed. Many witnesses have indicated that she permitted her son access to the children with full knowledge of the abuse that was going on.
As a mandatory reporter, she was required to not only protect the children but also to report the daycare abuse that was happening. One witness indicated that Harden not only knew what was happening, but also offered the children money and treats to keep the abuse a secret, and she reportedly told one of the victims, “It’s okay. I’ll take care of it. Don’t tell your mom.”
The state’s actions to close the facility was based on concerns about immediate danger to the children in the Harden’s care.