The trial of a day care owner accused of driving children while drunk was delayed today.
Margaret E. Self, 49, of Derby faces seven charges related to an October incident in which employees of her day care called police because they suspected she was drunk when she drove off with seven toddlers in her vehicle.
No injuries were reported.
"She needs to face what she's done," parent Kim Smith said.
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Court officials told parents today that another trial date hasn't been set. Self, also known as Margaret E. Walker, pleaded not guilty.
Self's attorney couldn't be reached immediately for comment.
Charges include driving under the influence, DUI resulting in child endangerment, improper child restraint and no valid driver's license.
Self is charged with a second-offense DUI because she was convicted of a DUI in February in Butler County. That incident didn't involve children, according to court records.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued an emergency order Oct. 23 to suspend the license of the day care, Creative Connections Learning Center, the day Self was arrested. The business, near Central and 119th Street West, has been closed since.
The health department first threatened to suspend the day care's license in July, after an annual inspection found violations.
Sharla Warren, who helped run the day care and had a child there, said she and some of the employees are considering suing Self for unpaid wages.
Self should face more than a maximum of 90 days to a year in jail with a minimum of five days of confinement, Warren said.
"There was too many children's lives in danger," Smith said.
"She's never been held accountable."