State child care officials are investigating a small day care run from the 6 Fairhaven Circle home where Tarek Mehanna was arrested Wednesday on terrorism charges, a spokeswoman said.

State child care officials are investigating a small day care run from the 6 Fairhaven Circle home where Tarek Mehanna was arrested Wednesday on terrorism charges, a spokeswoman said.


Souad Mehanna, the suspect's mother, voluntarily closed the day care for a second day yesterday as the Department of Early Education and Care looked into whether there were any licensing violations there.


Mehanna's son was not listed as a resident, a possible violation of home day care violations.


"There is a discrepancy that we're trying to reconcile here because he was not listed as living in or regularly on the premises," said Constantia Papanikolaou, general counsel for Early Education and Care.


Licensing regulations on the state agency's Web site say home day care operators must notify the state within five days of the initiation of criminal charges against anyone in the household.


Tarek Mehanna was charged last year with lying to federal investigators about the whereabouts of a suspected terrorist in 2006.


Home day care operators also must notify the state of any new household members within 30 days, with criminal background checks for anyone over 17.


Regulators contacted Mehanna yesterday and planned to meet with her, Papanikolaou said.


"It is our expectation that she remain closed pending the completion of our investigation," she said.


Mehanna is licensed to provide day care to up to six children from 3 months to 5 years old.


She has had a license for 19 years, most recently renewed last year.


"She's had no issues with our department," Papanikolaou said, aside from minor citations on administrative items such as record keeping.


David Riley can be reached at 508-626-3919 or driley@cnc.com.