Speedway Daycare Still Operating After Child's Death
Last Wednesday, 10-month-old Taliah Jane Brigham was found unconscious in a car seat at Miracles and Blessings Daycare Ministry and died later that day. As of the weekend, the daycare center was still listed as open for business. This is extremely concerning with regard to the safety of other children, as the daycare was found to have been in violation of many regulations on the day Taliah died. Though the investigation is ongoing, there are many indicators this tragedy could have been prevented.
Same-Day Violations Found
On the very day Taliah was found unconscious, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration performed an inspection and Miracles and Blessings Daycare. The inspection found 13 violations, some which would no doubt be very concerning to parents who may still be taking their children to the childcare center. Four staff members had not had a proper criminal background check. There was only 1 staff member at the center at the time of the incident, and that person was responsible for all 35 children present at the time. The required ratio for infants under 1 year in the state of Indiana is one adult for every four infants.
Clearly, another concern arises from Taliah’s position in a car seat at the time of the incident. It is widely accepted and usually regulated that daycare centers follow “safe sleep best practices.” These best practices are industry wide and focus on preventing injury and death either due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other sleep-related dangers. Those best practices are clearly outlined by the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education and include that children should ALWAYS be placed in a fully supine (on their backs) position for EVERY nap and sleep time.
It is a best practice because it saves children’s lives. People are becoming much more aware of the increased risk of SIDS if a child sleeps on his or her stomach. Unfortunately, they may not be as aware of the risks of infants sleeping in car seats. They do, after all, sleep in their car seats when parents need to drive somewhere. Whether in the car or not, there are risks to the infant who is in the car seat too long. Studies have shown sitting upright in a car seat can compress an infant’s chest and lead to lower levels of oxygen, resulting in:
- Apnea (suspension of external breathing—no breathing movements);
- Hypopnea (abnormally shallow breathing or abnormally low respiratory rate);
- Bradycardia (slow heart rate—can be normal for some but can also mean the heart is not pumping enough oxygen-rich blood to the body).
Has Your Child Been Harmed as a Result of Daycare Wrongdoing?
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