Mother Goose Daycare in Oxford, Mississippi, sued after child’s death
Mississippi was recently hit by an unlawful death lawsuit following the death of a child at Oxford Mother Goose Daycare.
When most parents leave their children in daycare, there is some expectation that their children will be well looked after. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and lawsuits are filed as a result. For example, the parents of a 9 week old baby recently filed an unlawful death lawsuit against Mother Goose Daycare in Oxford, Mississippi, after the child died in daycare last November. The lawsuit cites the facility, administrative staff, and daycare owners as defendants in the lawsuit.
Shortly after the incident, Amy Rogers, a daycare worker, was arrested and charged with manslaughter. In addition, the Mississippi State Department of Health “ordered Mother Goose’s daycare center to stop caring for babies.”
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What happened? Well, according to the lawsuit, Rogers, “Owners Mike and Alicia Valle, General Manager Renee Hoover, Assistant General Manager Susan McCollum, and 10 John Does caused or contributed to the baby’s death.” The suit also states that the baby was “one of four in Rogers’ children’s classroom on November 17, 2020”. According to video footage taken during the investigation, “Rogers swaddled the child and left him on the floor for 35 minutes.” The video also showed the child “kicking his legs up and down in the tight diaper but unable to turn or lift his head.” It took 18 minutes – 18 minutes of the baby struggling before passing out. During this time, Rogers spoke to other staff members and played on her cell phone before eventually “finding the baby unconscious whose face was bloody from bleeding while suffocating.”
From there, Rogers panicked and ran out of the room with the baby and was greeted by other staff. One of these workers started CPR and another called 911. There was also a parent there who happened to be a doctor and came to pick up their own child. After receiving the CPR, the parent said that the baby “needed immediate intubation”. Paramedics showed up about 10 minutes later and tried to resuscitate the baby. “They realized, however, that the baby had suffered cardiac arrest prior to arrival,” the lawsuit said. Even so, the baby was taken to the emergency room. When she arrived, “her skin felt cool and she had no pulse.” From there she was flown to Le Bonheur and connected to a ventilator.
Meanwhile, the baby’s father received a call from the daycare center asking for a status report on the child. When he asked what had happened, the daycare refused to tell him.
Tragically, the next day the doctors found that the next day the child suffered an anoxic brain injury due to lack of oxygen and was unable to recover. She died that afternoon at the age of 9 weeks and 4 days.
According to the lawsuit, Roger had a history of complaints from parents about caring for children. In January 2019, a family “withdrew their 3-month-old son … after five and a half days after reportedly witnessing their” inattentiveness “and” dangerous sleep practices. “
The latest lawsuit also found that Mother Gans originally cooperated with the police investigation and even allowed Rogers to continue working. However, when she was arrested for manslaughter, she was fired. Now the lawsuit claims the daycare center is no longer cooperating with the investigation. During this investigation, Mississippi state health officials determined that the facility posed “a significant threat to the health and safety of infants.” Health officials also found at least eight violations in the toddler classroom, including depending on the lawsuit:
- Leave children unattended
- Use physical force to induce children to lie down or go to sleep
- Creating an unsafe sleeping environment by placing babies on the stomach to sleep and not regularly monitoring them while they sleep
- Using cribs, car seats, and high chairs for purposes other than primary, to keep infants from crawling, crawling, staggering, and walking
- do not often change the location and position of infants who cannot move around in space
- When a child is not placed on a “firm” and “flame retardant” mat while sleeping
- Children cannot be put in a single cot instead of sleeping in a common area
- with physical punishment, including beating, beating, beating, shaking, pinching, biting, and other actions that cause physical pain
- Keep a clean, separate, and hygienic diaper changing area that is not being used for other duties
- not holding a child while bottle-feeding them
The family files an unlawful death lawsuit after the 9 week old baby suffocates in the daycare
Oxford daycare sued for child death