Daycare employee investigated after child dies in car

Daycare employee investigated after child dies in car
Lavonte Swain (Source: Family photo)
Lavonte Swain (Source: Family photo)
The incident happened Monday afternoon outside Gutermuth Elementary School. (Source: Natalia Martinez/WAVE 3 News)
The incident happened Monday afternoon outside Gutermuth Elementary School. (Source: Natalia Martinez/WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A child care center is now at the center of a police investigation after a child was discovered dead inside of a SUV outside of an elementary school.

"I'm sorry we don't have a comment," a woman at the Lil Kings and Queens Learning Academy on Terry Road said on Tuesday.
Louisville Metro police said it was one of Lil Kings and Queens employees who was driving the SUV in which a 2-year-old child, Lavonte Swain, died of heat stroke on Monday.

Officers said the child was left in this SUV for four hours.

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While police won't release additional information about the employee at this time, WAVE 3 News found a long list of violations at Lil Kings and Queens three locations.

Just last year at Lil Kings and Queens located at 8505 Terry Road, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services found they were not properly tracking how long children were in the transportation van. Sometimes the children were signed in and out of the van within a minute. Other times, they'd be signed in for hours.

In 2012, the same location was found not to be in compliance because staff failed to document the arrival time of four children who were present at the time of the survey, the document states.

In 2013, the license of the location at 8409 Terry Road was revoked for “falsifying records,” the documents state.

In 2011, a facility on Cane Run Road was accused of compromising the welfare of children. Complaints included leaving children unattended, leaving their food out for hours and making children sit in a circle for long periods of time without any activities, among other violations.  

The name of the daycare employee who was driving the child has not been released. 
Police have not commented on whether they will charge the driver.  

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