State shuts down day care involved in van crash

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by Scott Noll / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 5:40 PM

HOUSTON – A day care involved in a van crash that injured 16 kids last month has been shut down by the state.

The KHOU 11 News I-Team confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is revoking Alpha Kids Center #2’s operating permit.

Records show state day care inspectors cited Alpha Kids Center #2 with 18 violations connected to the July 9, 2012, wreck.

The day care’s director, Darryl Freeman, already faces criminal negligence charges connected to the crash.

The woman investigators say was driving the van, Conception Coronado, faces similar charges. Coronado is also accused of running a red light, and using a driver’s license that expired a year and a half earlier.

Some of what’s detailed in the 24-page report has been released in connection with the criminal charges.

That includes allegations that 18 people were squeezed into the 15-passenger van. 

But the state report also contains new charges.

Inspectors say parents were unaware of the field trip the students were on when the van crashed.

They also say emergency forms were not taken on the trip.

Inspectors accuse Freeman of not cooperating with the state’s investigation and claim that she provided falsified records to them. 

The caregivers were also cited for failing to put seven children in booster or safety seats required by law. 

Freeman was also cited for not demonstrating good judgment and for not operating within state standards. 

The 56-year-old day care director has not responded to phone messages left for her at both the day care and her Spring home. 

The Department of Family and Protective Services ordered Alpha Kids Center not to transport any more children after the crash. 

DFPS says day care operators will have 15 days to appeal the closure. However, a state spokesperson says unless the day care obtains a court order, the center must stay closed during the appeals process.

 

 

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