KDHE Issues Emergency Suspension Of Daycare Where Child Died

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The state issued an emergency suspension order Thursday for the daycare home where a little boy died Wednesday.

The Shawnee County sheriff's office identified the child as three-year-old Max Blindt. They say he somehow became tangled up in a swingset and was killed.

Max's mother, Heather Blindt, was the daycare operator. Authorities say ten other children were at the day care when the incident happened around noon Wednesday. It's not known if any of them witnessed it.

KDHE public information officer Barbara Hersh says Blindt's license did allow for her to have ten children at the home.

KDHE's emergency order says law enforcement requested the suspension and that is was deemed necessary to protect children from a "substantial threat to their health or safety."

Blindt can appeal the order.

A review of state inspection records shows an annual survey in December of 2010 found 11 issues that needed correction. They included things like an incomplete emergency form, window tracks that needed to be cleaned, stacked tires that should be covered, a back storm door needing repairs and a swingset without proper ground cover. Within less than two weeks, only four issues remained, including the storm door, tires, needing a crib for each infant and needing one more hour of inservice.

A compliance check Jan. 28, 2011 found five issues, including the tire, crib and inservice issues. Inspectors also found hot tub straps needing to be locked and proper ground cover needed under the swingsets. By April 21st, 2011, all of those issues were corrected. An annual inspection December 13, 2011 found no correction issues.


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