On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, a child age 3, Thomas Stephens, while playing unsupervised at Ms. Janna’s Daycare in Alpharetta, Georgia, died by accidentally hanging himself on a piece of twine attached to a slide on the playground equipment at said Daycare.
According to State Records, this particular daycare was cited earlier this year for other safety violations in and around the play area outdoors such as nails protruding out of a wooden ladder on the wooden climber, too many tree limbs and pine cones, an untangled water hose, and the like. It has not been said if the daycare was inspected again after being cited for said safety violations to insure that the violations had been corrected as such.
After the incident on July 8th, the daycare was immediately Ordered Closed by by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, also known as DECAL. Although the case seems to be accidental, there is an active, ongoing investigation. Regardless of whether or not any criminal charges are filed, there will most likely be a civil suit brought by the parents of young Stephens for the Wrongful Death of their Son.
This is a sad story and our sympathies reach out to little Thomas Stephens’ family. It is imperative that daycare centers in Georgia and any facility who takes care of young children have the appropriate certifications, and that the staff are appropriately trained as such. The Daycare in which this death took place had been in operation for approximately 25 years.