Day care provider enters Alford plea to abuse charges

June 14, 2019 GMT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The second of two women accused of abusing children at a Sioux Falls day care has pleaded guilty, but is maintaining her innocence.

Teresa Gallagher entered an Alford plead Thursday, in which she acknowledged there is enough evidence to convict. The 32-year-old woman, along with Kenedi Wendt, were indicted on 44 counts of abuse or cruelty to a minor.

The Argus Leader reports prosecutors say surveillance video taken in February shows dozens of instances of abuse at Little Blessings Learning Center. In one incident a child told his mother that Gallagher banged his head on a mat while he was sleeping.


Gallagher entered the plea to two counts and will be sentenced in August. Wendt pleaded no contest to two charges and is scheduled to be sentenced in July.