Day care accident in Michigan...

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Day care accident in Michigan...
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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 1:49pm
has me wondering what kind of profession I'm in.

Apparantly, this provider laid a 10 month old baby girl in a bathtub for her nap. BATHTUB??? Anyway this provider had 11 kids there and 2 helpers (she's licensed for 6). Said provider leaves the house at 2:30 to run an errand and leaves the 2 helpers in charge. They hear the baby cry but don't go and check on her. At 2:45 the provider returns. At 3:30 she finally gets around to checking on the baby only to find her dead in the bathtub facedown, drowned.

This makes me absolutely sick. This is someone in MY profession who had no business taking care of anyone's children. I have defended day care over and over again, but I don't know how you can defend negligence at the highest level. This woman lives in probably a 200K house in a very affluent neighborhood but she's too stupid to know that you don't lay a baby down in a bathtub to take a nap??? It has me questioning the whole day care gig.

I KNOW that I would never harm a child in my care. I KNOW that I would never intentionally put a child in a dangerous situation. I'm very good at what I do but I don't think I can defend day care any longer. I will continue what I do because my parents have to work and I need to make a living. But I'll say this, those of you who mistrust daycare have EVERY reason to. *I* mistrust it and I don't know of a single provider that I would recommend.

I guess I just want to say, KNOW your providers. Stop in unannounced, check up on your kids because you NEVER know what can happen. And if you're able to sah with your kids, great. At least when they're with you, you know they're safe. And if you can't sah, like I said, be vigilent. BE AWARE.

Sue


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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 2:23pm
One line popped out at me in your post "Anyway this provider had 11 kids there and 2 helpers (she's licensed for 6)." Parents have to take responibility to where they leave their children. She had too many children. Five children over her licensing limit would be a huge red flag to me. Like you said, unannounced visits can help make sure the provider is keeping a reasonable amount of children.

We interviewed one daycare provider that transported children to the library and other places. DS was 24 months at the time. I asked her if we would need to leave a car seat and she looked right at me and told me she did not use car seats for children over 2! Can you imagine? It is only a state law. Needless to say, we did not use her. She was highly recommended and had a huge waiting list. She was interviewing us as a favor to my daycare provider that had decided to quit. I could not believe that people would leave their toddlers with a person that does not use car seats. Trust me, though, if her car had wrecked and a child had died or gotten seriously injured, the parents would be on the news blaming her. The parents had never left a car seat and never thought to ask but it would be the provider's fault. I called the state licensing board and reported her but I do not think there was any follow-up.

I thought the rest of your post was really sad. I trust my provider. I know she does an excellent job. I am sorry that you have become so cynical about your job. Accidents and tragedies can happen anywhere-viligance, not just at daycare but also at home, is the key. My children have been hurt more with me than they have at a daycare. My toddler had to get stitches last night for falling on a garden tool. DH and I were both outside and standing right beside him.

Kristi

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 2:30pm
"Accidents" happen, but in this case, I cannot even believe we're talking about people with normal intelligence. Who puts a baby to sleep in a bathtub? And WHAT were the parents thinking, with all those extra kids wandering about? And who are these "helpers?" It didn't say "employees" did it? Scary.
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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 2:33pm
Very frightening. These stories are always presented with the attitude of how scary daycares are but never seem to approach the fact that the parents are not being as careful as they needed to be.

Plus, if the baby was taking a nap in the bathtub why was there water in it? Truly bizarre.

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 2:35pm
No. Not cynical about the way I do *my* job. Cynical about the people that choose my profession. I know there are some good providers out there, but there are also bad ones. Parents need to be on their toes and they need to stop being so trusting. Of cours accidents happen but falling down and needing stiches is a lot different than being placed in a bathtub and forgotten. If you trust your provider fine. My parents trust me too, but it doesn't hurt to be extra vigilent and on your toes. I'm sure the parents who lost their little girl trusted their provider too but I bet they didn't know she took her nap in the bathtub.

Sue

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 2:36pm
I'm curious, do you have a link or know what city this happened in?

I understand your frustration with providers but as the other poster said responsiblity lies partically with the parents. I don't know of any parents (irl) that talk about how inpressed they are with their providers safty. I hear about how cheap, how close to home/work the provider is, or the "cute" projects they do.

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 2:38pm
It's very possible that at 10 months old, the little girl was able to the water on herself. She also had severe burns on her toes and her legs.

Sue

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 2:41pm
What a tragic and sad event.

Unfortunately, this kind of thing doesn't only happen in daycare. I have read/heard about terrible things happening to children while in the care of their parents - in cases of abuse, neglect or postpartum depression to name a few. I don't think daycare or parenthood is the culprit but rather the individuals involved in the care and/or parenting.

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 2:49pm
It happened in Lowell Michigan. And you're right. The cheaper the better in a lot of cases. And don't even get me started on "cute" projects.

Sue

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 2:52pm
That just makes me sick to my stomach. I have not read anything other than your post so I was not sure how old the child was. Poor baby.

Kristi

"I do not want to be a princess! I want to be myself"

Mallory (age 3)

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 3:01pm
Sorry, but this is sounding less like an accident to me and more like a murder of a child.

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