The former owners and operators of an in-home Broomfield child care center on Friday were both reportedly sentenced to jail terms for what some of their former clients called the "intentional and malicious" abuse of their children.
Cheryl and Richard Nicaise on Jan. 27, as part of a deal with prosecutors, reportedly separately pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of child abuse, knowingly or recklessly, without injury. In exchange for their pleas, 16 counts of misdemeanor child abuse were dropped. On Friday, Broomfield District Court Judge Amy Bockman sentenced Cheryl Nicaise to one year and Richard Nicaise to nine months in Broomfield County jail.

The Nicaises were reportedly caring for as many as 16 children -- 10 more than their state day care license allowed -- most younger than 2, and kept as many as 14 of them sleeping in car seats in a darkened room, according to police reports.

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