A Manatee County day care center may be forced to close its doors pending an ongoing investigation into a 4-month-old girl’s death.
The girl died at the Bradenton facility on Jan. 7 and state investigators claim there is video evidence a daycare worker did not follow proper policy when caring for the child.
A report by the Department of Children and Families reveals the baby was put on her stomach in a crib and not on her back. The facility director apparently told the Department of Children and Families the infant was fed and placed on her side in the crib as she slept.
Officials claim that a video shows the worker placing the baby in a swing and propping a bottle next to her using a blanket so she could feed herself. The video goes on to show that the baby was placed in the crib without being burped.
At 11 a.m. that morning, the child was found unresponsive by day care workers.
On the same day of the infant’s death, a teacher who initially cared for the baby tested positive for cocaine and marijuana and admitted to the recent use of marijuana, according to reports.
An emergency suspension order was issued last week by the Department of Children and Families making the day care facility’s license invalid for children 12 months or younger in the wake of its investigation.
The day care center has three other locations that will remain open as they are not a part of the ongoing investigation.
Every parent’s worst nightmare is getting a phone call saying their child has been harmed in their absence. Sadly, accidents at day care facilities can range in severity from minor injuries such as cuts and scrapes to more serious ones involving catastrophic injuries, or even worse, death. Sadly, in many cases day care negligence is to blame for these tragedies. When caregivers fail to act appropriately, you may be able to hold the negligent party accountable through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Too many times day care negligence goes unnoticed until it is too late. When a day care facility fails to follow state and federal laws that set the standards for care, they can be held legally liable in the event of an accident.
If your child has suffered harm at a day care facility in Bradenton, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota or the surrounding areas, a Manatee County Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorney at Whittel & Melton can help you understand your legal rights and options. Both the victim and their family can recover financial compensation for damages due to day care negligence. An initial consultation with us is completely free of charge. Please call us today at 813-221-3200 or dial us statewide and toll-free at 866-608-5529.