UPDATE: Attorney for daycare provider calls lawnmower accident 'not criminal'

By: KAKE News - Email
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WICHITA, Kan. — Investigators have released few details about how a one-and-a-half-year-old was run over by a lawnmower at a Wichita home daycare last Thursday.

Following the incident, Christina Hunt, who runs the facility, was arrested on aggravated charges and later released.

In an interview with KAKEnews this week, Hunt's lawyer also shied away from specific details, saying instead his client feels terrible about the girl's injuries.

"It shouldn't happen to anybody. But just because an accident happened, does not necessarily translate to criminal charges," David Moses said.

Hunt has not yet been charged in this case.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has also indefinitely shut down her busienss.

Moses says there are three potential levels of repercussions Hunt could face: sanctions from the state, a civil case or a criminal trial.

"If you look at the statute for aggravated endangerment of a child, there has to be proof beyond reasonable doubt the conduct was reckless. The conduct on the part of the individual accused is reckless. And reckless has a much higher standard than just civil negligence."

Once Wichita Police complete its investigation, the case will go to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.

A toddler has who was seriously injured in a lawnmower accident at a Wichita home day care has been transferred to a Kansas City hospital.

An 18-month-old girl's leg was run over by a push lawnmower just after 9 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 1800 block of North Shefford Circle. At the time, there was one adult and five children in the backyard, including three three-year-olds and two one-year-olds.

She was rushed to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis by EMS with a severe leg injury. Her current condition is unknown, but police say her leg may need to be amputated below the knee. She was transferred to a hospital in Kansas City where doctors hope they can save her leg.

Thursday afternoon, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued an emergency order of suspension to the day care home, known as Toytown Daycare and operated by Christina Marie Hunt. The 39-year-old was later booked into the Sedgwick County Jail for aggravated child endangerment. She has since been released on her own recognizance.

Authorities requested the KDHE suspend the operator's license pending the outcome of the investigation into the incident.

For a link to the KDHE Child Care Licensing Compliance Search, click here.

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