Daycare Death: Driver admits 'having forgotten' about toddler

Daycare Death: Driver admits 'having forgotten' about toddler
Lavonte Swain
Gutermuth Elementary School is where the child was found unresponsive inside an SUV on April 18. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Gutermuth Elementary School is where the child was found unresponsive inside an SUV on April 18. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Lil' Kings and Queens at 8409 Terry Road. (Source: Maira Ansari)
Lil' Kings and Queens at 8409 Terry Road. (Source: Maira Ansari)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The driver of a local daycare vehicle admitted in an interview with investigators to "having forgotten" about the child who died in the facility's care.

According to a statement from the state's Cabinet For Health And Family Services, "two school-aged children observed an unresponsive 2-year-old in the backseat of the vehicle they were boarding while being picked up from the elementary school by a center staff driver ... The school children alerted the staff driver to the presence of the unresponsive child. Two adults present at the elementary school attempted to resuscitate the 2-year-old but they were not successful. The child was found to be deceased. The staff driver verbally acknowledged having forgotten about the 2-year-old."

The documents from the state said the toddler was picked up from his home at 9:36 a.m. and wasn't discovered until six hours later. 

Earlier Wednesday, the Kentucky Office of Inspector General issued an emergency license suspension at Lil' Kings and Queens Learning Academy, located at 8409 Terry Road, where 2-year-old Lavontae Swain died of heat stroke on Monday.

According to a memo issued to parents and guardians of the children in the care of that facility, "The Emergency Suspension was issued to protect the health, safety and welfare of children in care. The center is required to surrender the license to operate and remain closed until further notice."

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Meanwhile, Louisville Metro police will turn over their evidence in the boy's death to the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. Prosecutors will review the evidence to determine whether charges should be filed against the daycare employee who was driving the SUV in which the boy died.

An autopsy determined he died of hyperthermia.

The name of the daycare employee who was driving the child has not been released.

The daycare does have the right to appeal the closure order and request and emergency hearing. 

Lil' Kings and Queens declined to comment on Wednesday.
 
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