Effects of Attempted Murder Charge on Daycare

JONESBORO-It's the love triangle turned attempted first-degree murder case that has the community talking.

After driving head on into his estranged wife's boyfriend, Rion Carpadakis, co-owner of the Little Star Learning Center was arrested on attempted first degree murder charges.

Carpadakis is currently out on a 500-thousand dollar bond, but the biggest question circulating, is what's going to happen to the daycare, and will parents be forced to find alternatives.

"There's been a lot of talk since about 6 last night. We've been phoning each other. We've had people calling this morning to find out about it. There's been a lot of talk. Especially around here," said Angie Birde of Valley View Children's Center.

That's because parents are looking for other places to do business.

"Most of them say, is there any immediate openings. Then they want to get put on the waiting list and want to know how long the waiting list is," said Birde.

So, could this be the end of the daycare center, Carpadakis and his estranged wife owned?

"If it is a safe environment and we can remove any potential threat of harm to the children, then we would like to keep the daycare open," said Julie Munsell of the Department of Health and Human Services.

They've worked out an agreement with Carpadakis.

"He has agreed not to visit the premises during business hours while children are there," said Munsell.

While the Little Star Learning Center may be open, there's still a lot of concern in the community from parents.

"You want somebody to take care of your child as well as you take care of your child. I don't think that probably set well with most of the parents," said Birde.

But never the less, the doors will remain open at least for now.

Carpadakis' estranged wife Tiffany will remain as the center's director, at least temporarily.

The state says leaving over a hundred kids and parents with no place to turn would be a last alternative.

"You have to find that constant balance between health and safety and access," said Munsell.Capadakis may still do business related work at the daycare center, but it must be after hours when there are not children present.

And as far as how long his estranged wife will remain as the current director of the daycare center, that's unknown.

Capadakis is set to appear in court again on May 31st. Story ideas or comments?  Email Will at wcarter@kait8.com.