State officials on Friday said a woman who plead guilty to running a methamphetamine operation out of her child care center will never be a day care provider again.B9318630165Z_1_20150828141721_000_GJEBOMQ3F_1-0

“Pursuant to South Dakota laws and regulations, Jennifer Darger will not be eligible to provide registered child care (services) in South Dakota,” Tia Kafka, a spokeswoman for the state agency, said in an email to the Argus Leader.

Questions about whether Darger would be able to be a day care provider arose after officials failed to detect her previous drug conviction before allowing her to open an in-home day care in Sioux Falls.

Background checks for in-home day care providers won’t catch a felony conviction older than five years.

Darger pleaded guilty on Wednesday to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and contributing to the abuse and neglect of a minor. She will be sentenced in October.

In March, Jennifer Darger’s daughter told a counselor that her mother and Adam Darger had been selling methamphetamine and that her mother recently relapsed into addiction.

The daughter told authorities she was often asked to watch the children while her mother sold drugs.

Officers with the Sioux Falls Drug Task Force served a search warrant at the couple’s home at 6605 W. 53rd St.

Three children younger than 2 were being cared for when the officers arrived. They were turned over to their parents.

Authorities found methamphetamine in the home during a search.

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  1. Doc says:

    From the “no duh” files!