February 24, 2010
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued an emergency order suspending the license of a Hesston home day care provider.
According to the suspension order, a four-month-old child in the care of the home at 118 S. Roupp suffered an "acute life threatening event"
on February 16 at 11:00 a.m.. The report said the day care provider placed the child on the floor with a blanket over the child's mouth and nose. An hour later, the day care provider went to wake the child and found the child's lips turning blue. The child was admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit where they are still undergoing treatment.
Day care facility inspectors visited the home three days later and found a two-month-old infant lying on the floor. Inspectors also said the day care operator routinely exceeded the maximum number of children allowed in her facility.
A KDHE spokesperson said the day care has been in operation since 1999, and this is the first complaint reported against it.
The day care provider has fifteen days to request a hearing on the suspension.