County police seized guns and marijuana in an early-morning raid yesterday at a Reisterstown home that is also a registered day care center.
Officers entered the home in the 500 block of Glen Granite Road at 6 a.m. and found six bags of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a handgun with a loaded magazine next to it on top of the refrigerator, police said. The residents of the house led the officers to the basement, where police found a safe containing 13 handguns and 20 shotguns and rifles, police said.
Police said the home was occupied by a 36-year-old woman; her husband, 44; their 17-year-old son; and a 10-year-old daughter.
Licensed for day care
The woman, who was arrested yesterday morning, faces charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and of storing and leaving a loaded firearm where an unsupervised minor would have access to it, police said.
Police would not release the woman's name until she is formally charged.
Erlene Wilson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Resources, said a license to operate a home day care center had been issued to the home.
Wilson could not provide the name of the license holder or other details about the day care center. She said home day care centers typically are allowed no more than 10 children, but she was unable to say how many children the Glen Granite Road home was allowed under its license.
Asked whether the guns were purchased legally, county police spokesman Bill Toohey said, "That is one of the things we are trying to determine."
The raid was "part of an ongoing drug investigation," he said, and that there could be other arrests.
Neighbors had misgivings
Jeanie Henderson of 22 Glen Granite Road said the woman had been taking care of children for about five years. It appeared that she had about five children in her care, Henderson said.
"I suspected that something was going on," said Ahmad Karami, who lives next door to the home that was raided. "There were cars with guys inside that would pull up to the house and leave quickly."
Other neighbors said they were shocked that a gun was left within reach of children.
Under state law, licensed day care operators are subject to fire and safety inspections and medical examinations and criminal background checks of every adult in the home.