Grove City woman accused of running unlicensed daycare indicted for gross sexual imposition

A photo of Kimberly Hignite (Franklin County Jail)
Grove City day care provider turns herself in
Grove City daycare owner indicted
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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says a woman who was running an unlicensed daycare out of her Grove City home turned herself in Thursday.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted Kimberly Hignite on multiple counts of gross sexual imposition involving children.

"There were four counts of gross sexual imposition, that's a touching of someone without their consent involving children and 17 counts of endangering children," said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien.

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According to court records, the allegations date back to 2011 and as recently as May of 2018.

A search warrant was executed at Hignite’s home in May. During the search, authorities found that Hignite was not home but her mother was the only adult present with 23 children.

Records state that seven of those children were infants and were left unattended in separate rooms and strapped in car seats.

Hignite's in-home daycare was not registered with the state. State law requires child care providers operating out of their home to be licensed if they are looking after seven or more children. Once a daycare is registered, you can look up inspection reports, complaints and citations online here.

Hignite is scheduled for arraignment on July 27.