Closings: Schools, churches, day-cares and businesses

Chris comes to FOX 2 from KPHO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona where he excelled as an investigative reporter. Chris won seven Emmy Awards during his eight-year stint at KPHO-TV.

Chris’ investigative work continues to be recognized through his tenure at Fox 2 KTVI where he’s been awarded an additional 11 Regional Emmys, including the “Investigative Report” honor in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015, he was awarded the investigative Emmy for his report on the David Cerna camera cop case. His investigation triggered the discovery, capture and arrest of a Chesterfield Police officer secretly recording video in a men’s restroom.

In 2014, he won the investigative Emmy for another story that later garnered national attention – the Betsy Faria Murder case. Hayes’ in depth investigation exposed new evidence, leading to a new trial and exoneration of Russ Faria, Betsy’s husband.

Chris has also won two regional Murrow Awards for his coverage of “Minority Contracting and Alleged Front Companies” in 2013 and “The Murder of Betsy Faria” in 2015.

Recent Articles
  • Daycares across St. Louis forgot about children, others accused of scaring kids as punishment

    ST. LOUIS – Our Fox 2 News investigation into daycare centers found wide-ranging problems, including teachers punishing kids by locking them in a dark room and others forcing them to face a monster in the closet. But it was another consistent violation that came up repeatedly. At least nine St. Louis area child care centers have forgotten children over the last two years. On November 17, 2017, the YWCA on Warson was missing a three-year-old for 48 minutes. Inspectors noted […]

  • Daycare inspectors believed worker was drunk during ‘bus runs’

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – In a daycare inspection, uncovered by Fox 2 from October 2016, investigators believed a caregiver was drunk or on drugs. Regulators responded by requiring the center to write up a drug and alcohol policy and train their employees on it. Investigators with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services interviewed teachers at Prime Time Inc. at 2338 Lemay Ferry Road in south St. Louis County. The report reads in part, “…the parents were saying […]

  • Three years after Russ Faria’s freedom, those connected to Pam Hupp still want answers

    TROY, Mo. – Three years ago this month, Russ Faria walked out of a Lincoln County courtroom a free man. He’d spent nearly four years in prison for the murder of his wife, Betsy. Lincoln County authorities had failed to investigate their star witness, Betsy’s friend Pam Hupp. But Fox 2 looked into Hupp, who’s now the focus of her own murder trial. “Do you know who I am?” – Those were Pam Hupp’s first words to Fox 2 in […]

  • Corrections officers say inmates are getting away with assaults in prisons

    Missouri Corrections Officers say prison assaults are up and inmates are getting away with it. We’re hearing reports not only from, Corrections` Officers, but also inmates, that you can attack someone inside a prison with no consequences. Farmington Corrections’ supervisor Joni Light told us, “Is it going to take someone dying for them to change this?!” Light remembers warning her Department about an inmate becoming aggressive with untrained staff. She added, “Within a matter of two weeks he stabbed another […]

  • Family of 9-month-old claims daycare teacher with criminal record hit their child

    CREVE COEUR, Mo. – The parents of a 9-month-old said a daycare teacher with a criminal record struck their child. A lawsuit was filed Wednesday against KinderCare in Creve Coeur, alleging a teacher pounded so hard on their child that other teachers could hear it. Inspectors from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services investigated the claim and concluded the child was bruised on her right shoulder blade on May 24. Other teachers also reportedly told investigators the caregiver […]

  • Missouri corrections officers say they struggle to stop the prison drug pipeline

    ST. LOUIS – There are more drugs inside Missouri prisons than outside, according to a former corrections officer. He said the state’s department of corrections doesn’t have enough staff to stop the illegal pipeline. Fox 2/KPLR 11 found it’s leading to reports of overdoses among prisoners who are supposed to be getting off drugs. Former Missouri Eastern Correctional Center Lt. Lawrence Slape described prison as essentially a playground for drugs. “The joke in MECC is you have more drugs inside […]

  • Daycare fight club: Listen to police interviews with former daycare workers

    ST. LOUIS – Two fired daycare workers from Adventure Learning Center on Gravois were charged Monday with endangering the welfare of a child. Fox 2 News/KPLR 11 obtained exclusive access to the former teachers’ interrogation tapes from the attorney representing mother Nicole Merseal. She’s been fighting for criminal charges for years. On December 7, 2016 at 11:30 p.m., St. Louis police brought in Tena Dailey in handcuffs. She’s the woman seen jumping up and down during the fights at the […]

  • Two women charged after St. Louis daycare ‘fight club’ video surfaces

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Two daycare workers have been charged after video of a ‘fight club’ featuring toddlers surfaced. Tena Dailey, 22, and Mickala Guliford, 28, have both been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Court documents say that Dailey and Guliford were supervising a class children ranging from three to four-years-old at Adventure Learning Center on Gravois in December 2016. They directed and encouraged the children to engage in fights over a 35-minute period. Surveillance video shows […]

  • Authorities reopening daycare fight club investigations after Fox Files report

    ST. LOUIS – State regulators and prosecutors have listened to your calls for action since our report aired Monday night. It’s just the beginning of people stepping forward. “I think everything surprises me about this situation because it’s just a shocking one,” said mother Nicole Merseal, whose son was involved in the fighting. On Monday, Fox 2/KPLR 11 revealed what happened in December 2016 when teachers at Adventure Learning Center Gravois pitted preschoolers against each other. They’d moved kids into […]

  • Taxpayer tab rising as Missouri Department of Corrections defies court judgment

    The Department of Corrections is defying a court order to pay Corrections’ Officers the minute they walk in the door. The State maintains the time clock doesn`t start ticking until officers reach their post. That means officers first must get safety equipment, go through checkpoints and gather intelligence for their shift. They`re not paid until they reach their post and the lost time adds up to about 2.5 hours a week per officer. Fox 2 was the only member of […]

  • St. Louis daycare ‘fight club’ caught on camera

    ST. LOUIS – Teachers at Adventure Learning Center on Gravois organized a one-day fight club for preschoolers in December 2016. The lead teacher organized it after the heater broke in an attempt to entertain the kids. State regulators increased inspections after the incident. Follow up visits found other types of violations. A 10-year-old captured video of the fighting with his iPad. He was with older kids in the next room. He was worried about his little brother who was crying […]

  • Lawsuit filed in July’s fatal Forest Park Parkway bridge crash

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Former St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa is suing over his wife’s death. Jan Torrissi-Mokwa was driving West on Forest Park Parkway July 23rd when a one-ton piece of concrete fell off the bridge from above, crushing her. Mokwa is suing the unlicensed and uninsured driver who hit the bridge – Damaya Love. Because Love is not insured, Mokwa is also suing his own insurance company under a law that requires everyone to carry uninsured motorist […]