A state department has forced a Hudson day care to close after finding workers negligent in the care of a baby who suffered a fractured skull after falling off a changing table.
Taylor Sullivan said her nine-month-old baby, Raegan, fell off the table on Sept. 6. She did not learn of the fall until the next day, when one of the workers mentioned the fall to her. The report states the day care director did not contact the parents the next day when she saw a "mushy" bump on the baby's head.
"When we picked her up about 5:30 that evening, one of the caregivers in her room said, 'Did you notice that her head was a little bit swollen?" and he said, 'No why is it swollen?" Sullivan said. "She said, 'didn't she tell you about the accident?' and he said, 'yes, she fell on her butt. And she was like, 'no that's not what happened I can't lie to you, I heard a big thud and I turned around and Raegan was on the ground.'"
Sullivan said they took her child to the hospital and learned she had suffered a fractured skull. They then rushed her by ambulance to a Shreveport hospital.
Jessica Bridwell, owner of Wild About Kids Day Care, located at 3381 Ted Trout Drive, said she could not comment on the case, as it is an ongoing investigation.
Shari Pulliam, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said the state filed a letter with intent to take adverse action in relation to the incident and revoked Bridwell's license. She said the daycare can file an appeal but it will remain closed until then.
"I want to eventually get over it it's just hard as a mother knowing that you paid them to watch your child, you paid them and they just lie to you," Sullivan said.
One worry Sullivan has is that future development in Reagan may be hindered because of the fall and has one warning for other parents using day care.
"You're the only way they have to communicate, just pay attention to things, check into things, stop by and check on them if you can," she said. "Just be really cautious of who you let watch your children."
On the DFPS website, a compliance report entered on Nov. 12 alleges enough information to find for neglect.
"A caregiver left a 9 month old infant unsupervised on the changing table. The infant fell approximately 3.2 feet to the concrete floor and sustained a fractured skull and subdural hematoma," the report states. "Management was aware of the infant falling to the floor and the injury on the infant's head the next day. Management chose to not notify parents or seek medical care on both days."
The report also alleges a torn changing table, lack of background checks on two caregivers, not using a safety strap on the table and improper training.
Hudson Police Chief Jimmy Casper said police have a case at the district attorney's office pending their review to determine if charges will be filed. The charge pending is second-degree injury to a child.
An email to an address listed on the state website as the contact requesting comment had not been immediately answered.
Below are details on the allegations filed on the website:
1. "The changing table in the infant room was torn causing it to no longer be non-absorbent. This must be corrected immediately."
2. "Two caregivers responsible for supervising a group of children did not have a background check ran. Please have the background checks submitted by the date listed above."
3. "This standard was evaluated based on a report received and was found to be deficient. The diaper changing table has a safety strap on it, but was not used by the caregiver.
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The caregiver stated she kept her hand out near the changing table; however, her hand was not placed on the infant to prevent the infant from falling."
4. "A caregiver counted in child/caregiver ratio and providing care for children younger than 24 months of age did not receive the required one hour of pre-service training in:
- Recognizing and preventing shaken baby syndrome
- Preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
This must be corrected immediately."
5. "Based on preponderance there is enough information to find for neglect.
A caregiver left a 9 month old infant unsupervised on the changing table. The infant fell approximately 3.2 feet to the concrete floor and sustained a fractured skull and subdural hematoma.
Management was aware of the infant falling to the floor and the injury on the infant's head the next day. Management chose to not notify parents or seek medical care on both days."
6. "A caregiver did not demonstrate good judgment when she left an active 9 month old infant unsupervised on the changing table, allowing the infant to fall to the floor.
The director did not demonstrate good judgment when she chose to not contact the parent when the incident occurred and again chose to not contact the parents the next day when a "mushy" bump was observed on the infant's head."
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