The theft occurred on December 5 and Viera called police as soon as she discovered the child’s missing earrings. Santiago was fired from the daycare as soon as the theft was reported to officials, and when confronted she told her employers that she removed the earrings from the child because one ear was red. Santiago then further stated that the other earring had already been missing from the child’s ear.
After viewing the surveillance camera video, daycare owners summoned police.
Police arrested Santiago on Wednesday for the alleged crime and also recovered the earrings.