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Woman charged for allegedly lying about child abuse at daycare

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A woman faces charges of filing a false DCFS report and obstructing justice after authorities said she falsely accused her toddler's daycare of harming him on Facebook. 

The McLean County State's Attorney's office said Tricia Danyus, 31, of Normal made a post on Facebook last month saying she was pulling her two toddlers from A Shining Star Learning Center in Normal after they came home with injuries, including a handprint-shaped red mark on her one-year-old's bottom. 

A Normal Police Department detective interviewed Danyus and employees, watched hours of surveillance footage and was unable to find evidence of the abuse, according to a statement read in court by prosecutors Wednesday. The statement said the detective later re-interviewed Danyus again, who admitted to hitting her child on the bottom after "fighting with her during a diaper change" and said she posted the photos to her Facebook blaming A Shining Star Learning Center because she "hated that daycare." 

Prosecutors said at least four families pulled their kids from A Shining Star Learning Center after Danyus' post. 

On September 2, the daycare said "We would like to thank our Shining Star families and the community for their continued support this past week! There are no pending charges against us and a formal announcement will be made next week" in a Facebook post. They later directed people to read a story in the Pantagraph concerning the story. The daycare declined to comment when contacted. 

Daynus is currently being held on $500 bond in the McLean County Jail. She is due back in court on September 15. 

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