Shelly Schuelier ran a daycare center out of her home in Willmar, Minnesota. Hilario Vargas, her boyfriend, lived with her and one day heard a child crying downstairs. He opened the door with a wire key and found the children sitting in the dark surrounded by
insulation. A parent of one of the children later said his child had respiratory problems which could have developed from being in the insulated room.
After getting caught what did Shelly do?
Shelly ditched town and reportedly moved to Wisconsin.She had her license revoked in Minnesota.
The reason for her hiding the kids in the room?
Hilario Vargas said he lived with Schueller and that she would lock kids in a dark closet to keep a clean house and sunbathe.
These kids were very young, most looked to be in cribs, so this could have gone on for some time had Vargas not heard the cries of one of the kids. What would possess a person to do this, laziness from not wanting to deal with the kids? Some sick game of control that she enjoyed? These were babies who had no way to defend themselves.
So did this woman receive fair treatment, or should she be put in jail?