Lafayette Daycare Owner Pleads Not Guilty in Child’s Death
About the Child’s Death
According to the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Debra A. Keyes entered a preliminary plea of not guilty this past Monday. Keyes is currently accused of careless supervision by a child care provider resulting in death and operating a child care facility with a a license.
During investigations, Keyes claimed she laid the child down in a broken crib and later found the child unresponsive roughly two hours later. The cause of death was determined to be mechanical asphyxia – this occurs when an external object that blocks airflow.
Further, investigators found that Keyes had 13 children under her care despite not having a license. According to Indiana law, an unlicensed day care may have no more than five children under supervision at a time.
Daycare Injury Statistics
The following information was provided by Child Care Aware:
- The most recent study concerning child fatalities in child care is almost 10 years old.
- The Organization of Child Care in the United States, 1985-2003, found 1,362 child fatalities
- The United States still does not have any federal reporting requirements for child fatalities that occur in child care.
- Several organizations work to collect child fatality information, with the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths, a web-based reporting system, being one of them.
- Participation in the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths is voluntary and completely dependent on state practices.