http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_stor...4016&catid=14#MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A West Michigan woman says the state is threatening her with fines and possibly jail time for babysitting her neighbors' children.
Lisa Snyder of Middleville says her neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of her home. It arrives after her neighbors need to be at work, so she watches three of their children for 15-40 minutes until the bus comes.
The Department of Human Services received a complaint that Snyder was operating an illegal child care home. DHS contacted Snyder and told her to get licensed, stop watching her neighbors' kids, or face the consequences.
"It's ridiculous." says Snyder. "We are friends helping friends!" She added that she accepts no money for babysitting.
They were on one of the morning news programs this morning. Lisa Snyder said that she was told by DHS that, if her daughter's friend comes over to play every afternoon but the mother is home, that's allowed. But if the mother goes out for any reason, then it is "unlicensed day care".