Registered: Jun 2003
Local time: 01:58 AM
HAMILTON, Alabama (AP) -- The man suspected of killing of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, kept children at a home day-care center he operated in northwest Alabama, the state welfare agency said Thursday.
The Marion County Department of Human Resources issued a license for John Mark Karr to begin operating a day-care out of his rural home in June 1997, said John Bradford, a spokesman with the Alabama Department of Human Resources.
He said the sheriff's department conducted a background check before the license was issued and no problems were found.
Karr didn't receive any complaints before the two-year license expired in 1999, Bradford told The Associated Press.
"We do know he kept children, but it is really hard to get a handle on the number," he said.
Karr, 41, has said he was with JonBenet when she was killed in the basement of her home in Boulder, Colorado, in December 1996, but he called her death an accident. (Full story)
Karr was living with his ex-wife in Hamilton at the time of the slaying.
Karr, who was working as a teacher, was arrested last week in Bangkok, Thailand, and flown Sunday to the United States. He is being held in Los Angeles, California.
He has agreed not to fight his transfer to Colorado to face charges of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault of a child in connection with the December 26, 1996 slaying of the child beauty pageant competitor.