Loudoun County day care provider charged with assault on child

Loudoun County deputies have arrested a 43-year-old day care owner Wednesday after she was accused of assaulting a child in her care.

Heather Whitfield, the owner of Heather's Kids day care off of North Berlin Pike in Lovettsville, is charged with assault and battery on a child under the age of 5.

Deputies got involved after an investigation by Loudoun County Family Services. The child suffered a bruise on the arm and an injury to the lip, according to Sheriff Mike Chapman.

Chapman said the child's family was originally told the injuries were a result of an accident, but investigators found probable cause to arrest Whitfield.

According to Heather's Kids' website, the day care serves children from infancy to preschool age.

Whitfield was released on her own recognizance and appeared to be at the day care on Wednesday night, in close proximity to children being picked up by their parents.

A spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Social Services told FOX 5 Whitfield's license remains active during the investigation.

Both Department of Social Services and the sheriff's office said before someone is found guilty, there isn't a law that prevents them from caring for children.

Chapman said in this case, that decision would be up to parents.

"It's kind of up to them to decide what they are doing to do in those particular cases, whether they trust the facility or whether they don't at this particular point," said Chapman. "That's a call that they have to make. All we can do is put the information out because we still have to wait until there is a finding of guilt or innocence."

Chapman added that the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office takes the allegations seriously.

Whitfield's lawyer has not responded to FOX 5's request for a comment as of Wednesday night.