By Brooks P. Lynn, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Sophia Worsham of Denton Texas died at a home based day care center in Denton recently. The Texas day care center / child care center (Too Kool 4 School Kids Club Day Care) had a license for a capacity of 12. According to news reports, there were 30 children in the facility at the time of Sophia’s death. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.
A child care worker noticed Sophia on the ground and was limp and not breathing. There are more questions than answers at this time regarding the untimely death of this 4 month old child. The investigators, medical examiner and the state child welfare agency will likely consider the following:
Did the child have any special medical needs?
Did the child have any special dietary needs?
Was there any objects blocking the child’s airway?
Did the child have any known allergies?
Was there any trauma to the child externally or internally as detected on autopsy?
What was the approximate time of death?
Were there any actions or interventions by the day care center staff that could have prevented the injuries? medical condition? death?
The purpose of license restrictions as to capacity / number of children in the facility is to promote safety the children. Adequate staff to children ratios are important for adequate, appropriate, and consistent supervision of the children. This especially applies to infants and toddlers being cared for in a Texas day care center / child care center.
You can read more about this tragic story at Infant Dies in Overcrowded Denton, Texas Day Care Center.