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Problems and Risks of Neglect and Mistreatment at Minnesota Day Care Centers

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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Many cases of maltreatment were found in Minnesota day care centers after an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. For example, one child was killed after choking on a grape, another child was burned by hot foot and two more children had tumbled off changing tables. The state investigation occurred in the second half of 2010, after the department received 229 complaints against child care centers within that time period. Below are a list of substantiated maltreatment findings issued:
1. Golden Heart Child Care Center, North Mankato – A 4-year-old child died after choking on a grape. The child care center was find $1,000 and its license was placed on conditional status; it must revise its emergency protocol and train staff.
2. Central Child Care, St. Paul – After waking up from a nap, a 2 1/2-year-old child wandered off from the center and was eventually found by a passerby. The facility was fined $1,000.
3. Y Wee Care, Virginia – A preschooler left the facility and traveled about 300 yards through a college campus to the child’s parent’s office. The parents were not working that day and were contacted by a co-worker.

For more instances read Maltreatment findings at Minnesota day care centers.