Haltom City baby sitter accused of running unlicensed day care operation

A 21-year-old Haltom City woman accused of hurting a child she was baby-sitting was running an unlicensed day care operation out of her apartment, a state official said Thursday.

The sitter, identified by Haltom City police as Araceli Guzman, is not licensed to care for children in her home, said Marissa Gonzales a spokeswoman for Texas Child Care Licensing.

The injured child's father is accused of threatening to blow up Guzman's apartment Monday evening after he learned of the incident. He was arrested after a standoff at the complex.

Guzman was in the North Richland Hills Joint Detention Jail on Thursday in lieu of $150,000 bail. She is expected to be charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury. Haltom City police arrested her Monday shortly after doctors at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth told authorities of the injuries.

Police did not provide any details about the child or the child's injuries.

"I know that she has two children of her own," Gonzales said in an email Thursday. "But they are not in CPS custody."

The state child care licensing agency is a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, also known as Child Protective Services.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday, Haltom City police responded to a call about an injured child at Cook Children's. Authorities said the child was injured at the sitter's apartment.

Javier Payan, 29, of Watauga was told about his child's injuries and drove to the Fossil Hill Apartments on Beach Street on the Haltom City-Fort Worth border.

When he arrived, police were there, but he refused to get out of his vehicle and threatened to set off a bomb, police reports said.

Police in tactical gear surrounded his sport utility vehicle with weapons drawn. Officers negotiated with him while evacuating part of the complex.

Police rushed to the complex from Fort Worth, Haltom City, Watauga and North Richland Hills and the Northeast Tarrant County bomb squad.

Payan eventually surrendered, and no explosive devices or weapons were found. He is expected to be charged with making a terroristic threat.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.,


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