A Vermont daycare owner is being charged with manslaughter and child cruelty after the death of an infant in her care.
About the Daycare Infant Death
Fatherly.com reports that on January 24, Stacey Vaillancourt administered the sedative diphenhydramine to a six-month-old girl, who was later found unresponsive at the daycare facility and passed away at the hospital. Diphenhydramine is found in many over-the-counter antihistamines, but can only be used with a doctor’s order.
Vaillancourt has pleaded not guilty to charges of child cruelty and manslaughter.
Signs of Child Abuse
According to the Mayo Clinic, signs of child abuse can include:
- Withdrawal from friends or activities
- Changes in behavior or school performance
- Unexplained injuries
- Poor hygiene
- Self-harm or attempted suicide
Ten Possible Daycare Hazards
Various things can create an injury risk for children at daycare. These include:
- Wet floors
- Unsafe playground equipment
- Defective or unsafe toys
- Harmful chemicals in accessible places
- Falling objects
- Lack of supervision
- Easily-accessible swimming pools
- Choking on food or other small objects
- Improper storage of prescription drugs
- Hot surfaces
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
If your child has been injured after an accident or abuse at a daycare center, contact Thomas J. Henry. Parents put their trust in the staff of a daycare facility to keep their children safe and out of harm’s way. It is unacceptable for a child to be subjected to abuse or an unsafe premises while in their care. If your child was seriously injured due to the negligence or abusive actions of daycare staff, call our experienced child injury attorneys today. Thomas J. Henry has the legal and financial resources necessary to develop your child’s case properly. Call for a free case review.