On March 7th, 2013

Department of Social Services Investigators: Keeping Watch Over Child Daycare Centers

Last  week the owner of a former daycare facility in San Rafael and two employees were in court in connection with the death of a four-month-old boy last October.  While the infant's cause of death is listed as accidental due to suffocation from bedding material,   Department of Social Services (DSS) investigators determined there was a 30-minute delay in the women calling 911 after they found the baby not breathing (KTVU).

Following the DSS investigation the Magic Place Children's Center's license was revoked and the owner and two employees are banned from working at licensed facilities.

"According to reports, our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members who are DSS investigators, discovered the two center employees did not immediately call 911 when they found the child not breathing, instead they called the center's owner and 30 minutes went by before paramedics were called." said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona.  "This is any  parent's nightmare and because of the work done by these investigators, these three women will not be caring for children in a licensed facility ever again."

The three women are charged with misdemeanors.  Some of the charges include failure to provide medical treatment, failure to provide direct visual supervision and false statements.

All three have pleaded not guilty, however, they are scheduled to return to court March 19, 2012 for a change of plea hearing. 

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