Toddler dies on second day at Houston day care center

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 10:26 AM

Death at Houston day care center

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HOUSTON -- Houston police investigators spent most of Tuesday afternoon and evening speaking to those who were at the southwest Houston day care center when a 3-year old was found unresponsive.

The little girl was enrolled at the Kidizone Shadowlake Academy on South Dairy Ashford. Tuesday was only her second day.

“I’m just so sad,” one parent told KHOU 11 News.

Many parents said they learned about what happened as they picked up their kids late Tuesday afternoon. They said the director told them the little girl had suffered complications from asthma.

They said she had been treated as directed for her condition, but passed out in the bathroom after lunch.

Parents said the daycare director also told them staff had performed CPR.

“And I’m sure they acted quickly,” mother Marisela Moreno said.

11 News pulled up the center’s records form the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

They revealed that from May 2011 until now, there have been 58 deficiencies. Thirty-three were rated either high or medium-high.

In November 2012, inspectors found a caregiver hired in March 2012 did not have a background check.

On that same visit, two groups of classrooms were observed, and the inspector reported that caregivers in both were not certified in first aid.

Also, during two inspections last November, staff records did not show the required 24 hours of annual training for the staff.

Police took the daycare’s director and a teacher in for additional questioning Tuesday night, but do not expect to see charges filed.

“There’s no reason to believe they did anything wrong at this point,” HPD Homicide Sergeant Tracey Richardson said.

At the same time some parents say they will gladly bring their children back.

“I feel safe to bring my child here,” Marisela Moreno said. “I’ve never had any problems.”

11 News tried to ask the director about the state deficiencies, but she was unavailable for comment. The daycare is expected to reopen on Wednesday.

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