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Day care provider in trouble

A day care provider has been charged with operating without a license after she relinquished her county certification but continued to watch young children, officials said Monday.

Leann Corbin was ordered to appear in court next month to face the misdemeanor charge of operating a family day care home without a license, said Jewel Waiters, program manager of the Pinellas County License Board for Children Centers and Day Care Homes.

Inspectors from the license board went to Corbin's St. Petersburg home in June after receiving a complaint that Corbin was caring for too many children.

While there, inspectors said, they found a 6-month-old baby in an unlocked closet. Locked in a bathroom without air conditioning in the garage were three children _ 1, 1{ and 2 years old _ along with Corbin's own children, 9 and 11, inspectors said.

It appeared to inspectors that Corbin had hidden some of the children to avoid being caught breaking the rules, Waiters said.

The county later sought to revoke Corbin's license, but Corbin chose to surrender the license she had held since April 1987.

Then last week, the county received a new complaint that Corbin continued to care for children in her home. In Pinellas, babysitters who regularly care for children in their home are required to be licensed if the children are not related to them, Waiters said.

St. Petersburg police were asked to investigate Corbin, and determined that children still were being dropped off at her home, Waiters said. A detective on Friday issued Corbin a summons to appear in court, Waiters said.

Corbin, 32, could not be reached for comment Monday. She previously had been cited by the county for having an uncharged battery in a smoke detector and last year for keeping more children than allowed.