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Reported violations at La Crescenta day care extend from 2008

Officials cite conditions at facility and suspicion of child neglect as reasons for closure.

August 16, 2013|By Veronica Rocha,
  • A woman who showed up to get some things out of the house at 3210 Orange Ave. speaks with Glendale Neighborhood Services and Glendale Police Dept. officials after Bina's Family Child Care was shut down at the home in La Crescenta on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. Officials posted a sign that said "LIMITED ENTRY. Occupancy Prohibited. No living, sleeping, cooking allowed. Entry limited for purposes of repair only."
A woman who showed up to get some things out of the house… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

State inspectors logged years of violations for incomplete children's records and unkempt conditions, including a nagging odor of urine, at a La Crescenta day-care facility where 2-year-old girl tested positive for marijuana this week.

Roubena Hartounian, director of Bina's Family Child Care, was repeatedly cited for failing to eliminate the strong odor of urine inside the facility in the 3200 block of Orange Avenue and maintaining improper equipment, according to records from the California Department of Social Services, which licenses day-care facilities.

PHOTOS: Daycare center closed after child tests positive for marijuana

Over the course of half a dozen unannounced visits since 2008, inspectors found feces on a restroom toilet, no working smoke detectors, and flies, spider webs and dead spiders on the ceiling of the children's room in the facility.

TIMELINE: History of violations at Bina's Family Child Care

Hartounian was also issued $1,500 in civil penalties for repeatedly failing to get proper background clearance for her parents, who were frequently seen inside the facility.


Calls made to Hartounian have not been returned.

Hartounian was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of child neglect and endangerment when detectives went to her day-care facility to investigate why a 2-year-old Montrose girl under her supervision tested positive for marijuana, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The girl's parents picked her up from the day care on Tuesday and noticed she was lethargic. When the girl's condition didn't improve, her parents took her to the hospital and doctors discovered THC, an active ingredient of marijuana, in her blood.

The incident sparked an investigation into the day-care facility, where detectives discovered rat droppings on children's toys, faulty toilets and a filthy kitchen strewn with knives. Detectives also found drug paraphernalia, including a bong.

The discovery prompted city officials to shut down the facility that same day. Officials have also determined the facility had been without power since late July.

In April, state inspectors visited the facility on a complaint about Hartounian yelling at infants and children and parents not being allowed access to the children's area.

However, they determined the complaint was inconclusive. Inspectors found there were insufficient corroborating statements and physical evidence, according to records.

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