Pre-trial hearing delayed for Mercer Island day care operator

Islander Laura Clarice Martin, accused of assault and battery and malicious mischief, appeared before Judge Wayne Stewart in Mercer Island Municipal Court on Jan. 3.

Martin’s attorney, Kevin Tarvin of Bellevue, asked for a continuance for additional time to prepare, and was given a new date of March 6 at 10:30 a.m. for her pre-trial hearing.

Martin had previously posted $10,000 bond, $5,000 on each count.

Martin was arrested at her home day care facility on Nov. 21 and booked into the King County Jail. She was released the next day.

According to the police report, Martin had alledgedly been drinking, upset over a state inspection of her day care that had not gone well. She later assaulted a man whom she had been dating and damaged his car.

The police report said there were six to seven “very young children” in the home at the time of Martin’s arrest. A kitchen knife with an 8-inch blade was recovered from the home and identified as the weapon.

Martin has no prior criminal history, and this was the first time police had been called to the home.

Per the State Department of Early Learning, Martin’s license is still suspended and will remain so until May 26, or until further action is taken.


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