Little Rock police arrested 45-year-old Ronald Thrower on December 16. He’s accused of forcing a 4-year-old and 5-year-old child to each perform sex acts on him while at Luv N Care Day Care, an in-family home childcare business in west Little Rock.
THV11 made multiple attempts to reach the childcare’s licensed owner, Ruthie Clayton, but were not returned. Meanwhile, state Department of Human Services Communications Director, Amy Webb agreed to speak with THV11’s Phil Buck about the case.
“There weren’t any red flags in that center’s history,” said Webb. “It’s my understanding that he was a family friend, and she had an appointment that she had to go to. Any adult who is in the home routinely, or who lives in the home, must go through the process, or any adult who may be a secondary or temporary caregiver. They must go through the same process as the person who is licensed to provide that care.”
The state requires all licensed daycares to undergo inspections three times per year, and anyone working there to pass child maltreatment and criminal background checks. Webb said Luv N Care Day Care has been in good standing since it was licensed with the state in 2002.
According to police, Thrower had no prior criminal record and he does not come up on the Arkansas sex offender registry.
“We learned that he had been in the home and watching the children unsupervised without going through any of the background checks,” added Webb. “We’ve met with Mrs. Clayton today, and we’ve asked her to voluntarily suspend her license until this investigation is complete and she agreed to do that.”