STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Stamford woman will avoid prison time for leaving her teenage daughters in charge of her home day care center while she traveled to Florida last year.

Collette Barnes pleaded guilty to one count of risk of injury to a minor Friday in Stamford Superior Court. Her plea bargain calls for her to serve four years of probation. Sentencing is set for July 9.

The risk of injury charge is a felony that carries up to 10 years in prison.

The state revoked the 40-year-old Barnes’ day care license last December, and her home was condemned because of unsafe conditions including exposed electrical wires.

Authorities say they found Barnes’ two daughters, ages 14 and 17, overseeing eight children in the day care in August of last year. The children, who ranged in age from 3 months to 9 years, were not harmed.

Barnes and her lawyer declined to comment.

Information from: The Advocate,

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