MASON CITY | Sex abuse charges have filed against a woman who once operated an in-home day care in Mason City.

Tawny Marie Symonds, 30, of Wells, Minnesota, was arrested Wednesday on charges of felony second-degree sex abuse, sexual assault and child endangerment.

Mason City police say the investigation began in February at a home where Symonds operated an in-home daycare.

Symonds victimized one of the children at a day care she operated out of her home in Mason City, said Mason City Police Lt. Rich Jensen.

He said officials believe only one of the children who attended the facility were victimized.

All have been interviewed by trained specialists at the Child Protection Center in Waterloo.

Symonds' day care was registered with the state of Iowa at one time, but that was revoked on Feb. 12 due to alleged violations of health and safety provisions.

The Iowa Department of Human Services alleged in a Feb. 12 complaint that Symonds had violated a safety plan by allowing someone at her day care/residence, 696 13th St. S.E., that she had previously agreed would not be in the home.

The document does not specify who the person was or why his presence would have violated the rules. 

That man is not suspected of harming any children, Jensen said. 

Symonds was ordered to cease operations as a result of the revocation.

"If you provide any childcare there will be immediate action to close down the childcare and any other remedies available under the law," the complaint states.

Police began the investigation based on a tip from the Iowa Department of Human Services, which participated in the joint investigation.

Agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation also assisted.

Symonds was arrested Wednesday night in Mason City.

She remained jailed in Mason City Thursday afternoon without bond.



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