Drug house citation dismissed against daycare owner

Little Tykes Daycare Center

ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – A citation against the owner of an Anderson daycare for running a drug house has been dropped, according to Anderson City Court.

Little Tykes Daycare on Bonham Court is run by Shirley Bell, according to online records by the S.C. Department of Social Services.

Anderson police cited Bell for operating a drug house on May 10,

Police say they found 0.7 grams of meth in Bell’s residence after receiving an anonymous complaint about the home.

Cole Law Firm represents Bell and issued a news release saying Bell was issued a citation and not arrested.

“Cole Law Firm is pleased to resolve this misunderstanding and Ms. Bell remains focused on providing high-quality daycare at Little Tykes Daycare. We hope this relieves the concerns of her customers.”

Michael Dillon Bell
Michael Dillon Bell

Police also listed Bell’s son Michael Dillon Bell as a suspect for operating a drug house and distribution of meth.

Michael Bell is in the Anderson County jail on the following charges:

· Manufacturing Distribution Etc. of Methamphetamine 1st (2 counts)
· Distribution Sell Manufacture Possession with Intent to Distribute near a School
· Possession other controlled substance in Schedule ! to V – 1st
· Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
· Possession of a weapon during a violent crime
· Trafficking Cocaine / 10 grams or more less 28 grams 1st

Jail records show he was booked on May 28.

Records also show that Michael Dillon Bell was arrested for distribution of meth in August 2016 and released on a $5,000 PR bond. Bell was arrested four months later on shoplifting charges and released on another PR bond.

Their address on the incident report is listed next door to the Little Tykes Daycare.

The incident report does not reveal any details about what led up to the citations or why the citations were issued.

According to online records, the daycare has had 38 violations in three years. That number includes 12 serious violations of hazards and too few workers to how many children were present.

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