Child Safety

Michelle Richards’ Day Care License Revoked After Filth, Drug Paraphernalia Found

Authorities with Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services, or DHHS, announced recently that it had revoked the in-home childcare license of Michelle Richards of Valentine after a search warrant executed by that city’s police department turned up evidence that Richards was at least knowledgeable of the fact that her husband was selling drugs out of the family garage.

Filth and drugs cost Michelle Richards her child care license.
Michelle Richards loses her child care license after Nebraska authorities allege drug paraphernalia was found in her home.

This was not Richards’ first time defending her fitness to care for children in her home daycare but these allegations are the most serious to be leveled against her so far. Back in February Valentine Police Department executed a search warrant for the home and found various items that suggested Richards’ husband was selling drugs from the home’s garage. Some of those items included:

  • Rolling papers
  • THC butter and oil
  • Meth pipe with “residue”
  • “Several” jars of marijuana

Recorded jailhouse conversations between Richards and her incarcerated husband indicated, allege investigators, that Michelle Richards knew her husband was selling drugs from the garage of the very home in which she provided childcare services.

Additionally, officers allege that while executing the search warrant they found “dirty conditions” which DHHS says would have been enough to justify an investigation, even without the discovery of the alleged drug materials.

DHHS filing in the childcare license revocation of Michelle Richards.
Findings of Fact and Conclusion of Law from the Michelle Richards case.