Daycare Death: Employees were not keeping proper records of students in vehicles

Daycare was not keeping proper records of students in vehicles
Lavonte Swain (Source: Family photo)
Lavonte Swain (Source: Family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - New information has been revealed two days after 2-year-old child died from being left in a hot SUV

Louisville Metro Police confirmed 2-year-old Lavontea Swain was not left in the parking lot of the Lil' Kings and Queens during the time which he suffered from heat related injuries.

Police have not yet disclosed where Lavontea was taken during his time in the daycare's vehicle.

According to police, he was picked up at his home by a daycare driver at 9:36 a.m. Monday, but it wasn't until 3:45 p.m. that he was thought of again.

For hours no one came to his rescue.

"It's really an unfortunate incident," Eddie McAffee said.

McAffee was one of several parents who had to run to Lil' Kings and Queens on Terry Road after it was shut down by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Wednesday morning.

The state revealed the daycare was not keeping a log for three children of when they got on their vehicle and when they got off, as required by law. That is the same mistake the center was cited for just last year. Shortly after the citation, the Cabinet states the owner vowed to never let that happen again.

The state also found they had no records for two of their students that included contact information, no enrollment record, medical history, family physician, or the name and number of a person designated to pick up the child. Again, the center was cited for the same infraction in 2015. The director again promised it wouldn't happen again.

Still, Wednesday afternoon parents said the daycare wasn't that bad.

"It give me no signs of anything always positive. Always positive," Mary Henderson, a grandparent of one of the students said.

"My kids love them. So I didn't have any, any, you know thought of not bringing them back at any time and when they reopen my kids will be here," McAffee said.

The daycare's shutdown may not be permanent. They do have a chance to appeal the decision.

Police have not commented on any charges against the driver of the vehicle.

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