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Daycare provider makes court appearance

OLIVIA -- Peggy Jo Uhlenkamp, 45, of Olivia, made a first court appearance Thursday on four gross misdemeanor charges in connection with allegations that her 16-year-old son sexually molested children at her home daycare business.

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OLIVIA - Peggy Jo Uhlenkamp, 45, of Olivia, made a first court appearance Thursday on four gross misdemeanor charges in connection with allegations that her 16-year-old son sexually molested children at her home daycare business.

Uhlenkamp is charged with one count of failing to report the alleged abuse of two or more children to law enforcement and three counts of child neglect - knowingly permitting the continued physical or sexual abuse of three different alleged victims.

As a child care provider, Peggy Jo Uhlenkamp is legally required to report abuse but she did not report any incidents involving any of the four children, according to the complaint.

Judge Dwayne Knutsen set unconditional bail at $5,000, however she was also given the option of posting no bail if she followed several conditions, including not having any contact with the victims and not providing childcare to any non-family member in her home.

Uhlenkamp's license of the day care, Peggy's Rhymes and Reasons Day Care, located on West Walnut Avenue in Olivia, was suspended and the business is not currently in operation.

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According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the license was suspended Jan. 31 due to imminent risk of harm. The department's licensing web page says the suspension of the license is under appeal.

Her next court appearance is set for June 11.

Trent Uhlenkamp made his first court appearance earlier this month in Renville County District Court on three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree for allegedly inappropriately touching girls that were in his mother's daycare business.

Trent Uhlenkamp denied the charges and was released to the custody of his mother on conditions that he have no contact with the victims and that he have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 13, with the exception of his siblings.

His next court appearance is set for April 5.

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Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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