Day care accident in Michigan...
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|Thu, 06-26-2003 - 1:49pm|
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.