Possible explosive package sent to shut down daycare

Stamford police say their bomb squad detonated what could have been an explosive package Tuesday night.

The package was sent to the home of a city woman whose at-home daycare center was shut down in August. Police do not know whether the stamped manila envelope was sent in the mail or placed on Collette Barnes? doorstep.

Authorities say Barnes called police about the package when the person on the return address said they didn?t send it. The name on the return address was one of Barnes? former customers.

Police are running chemical analysis and forensic testing on the package remains. They say whoever sent it could face breach of peace, reckless endangerment and possible federal charges.

?If this was an attempt to send an explosive or it was just made to look that way, either way we'd like to bring the person who did it to justice,? Lt. Sean Cooney of the Stamford police said.

Meanwhile, Barnes is set to return to court October 16 to face eight counts of risk of injury to a minor and eight counts of reckless endangerment. She is accused of having an uninhabitable daycare center. The center was shut down in August after police found out Barnes went to Florida and left her 14-year-old daughter in charge of the children.

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