Day care owner ordered to treatment program

A former Mercer Island day care operator was ordered to undergo alcohol and mental health treatment rather than jail for attacking her boyfriend last fall with a knife when children were under her care.

Last week, Mercer Island Municipal Court Judge Wayne Stewart suspended fines for Laura C. Martin, a licensed day care operator who cared for children in her home for many years. City Prosecutor Brian Zuanich had asked the judge to impose a 10-day jail sentence.

In June, Martin pleaded guilty to charges of assault and vandalism. She was arrested on Nov. 21 after drinking, damaging her boyfriend’s truck and attacking him.

In the aftermath, Martin had lost her license, her business and her home.

Stewart remanded Martin to a three-month treatment program at Harborview Medical Center.


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