Ex-day care owner admits faking lead tests

July 3, 2008 9:07:53 AM PDT
The former owner of a Gloucester County day care center has admitted to giving the state false reports saying her center was free of lead dust.

But officials say a 2005 inspection found high levels of lead paint dust in parts of the Children's First Learning Center in Mantua.

Former owner Jaclyn Biddle pleaded guilty on June 16 to recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury or damage. The state announced the plea deal Thursday.

The state's Environmental Crimes Bureau says children were at risk from June 2005 through August of last year.

Under her plea deal, the 30-year-old is unlikely to face jail time, but could be fined $5,000.

Biddle, who lives in Williamstown, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.