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Lafayette Daycare Owner Pleads Not Guilty in Child’s Death

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Isabella Rolz1 year ago

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A child care owner has pleaded not guilty to the April 25 death of a child in her care.

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.




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