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Day Care centers closed after child found unresponsive in hot van

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has confirmed that an emergency order has been issued to close the Lil Kings and Kings and Queen Day care centers on Terry Road. 

The order states that the facilities will be closed "indefinitely." It also states that "the staff driver verbally acknowledged having forgotten the 2-year-old child."

Inspectors served the order Wednesday afternoon. 

The closings come two days after 2-year-old LaVontae Xavier Swain died from hyperthermia after being left in a van for several hours. The van was being operated by an employee of the day care. 

We're told the case is going to the Commonwealth's Attorney's office next week for a recommendation on whether anyone should face criminal charges.  

A JCPS spokesperson said carpool attendants noticed the unresponsive child Monday at Gutermuth Elementary in the back of a van going through the carpool line.

The state is trying to help affected parents find other day care centers for their kids. 

The CHFS is also making counselors available for children and families who knew LaVontae. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the little boy’s family and all the children and families impacted by this tragedy,” said CHFS Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson. "Ensuring the safety and well being of Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens is our highest priority and we will not hesitate to take action against facilities that place children in harm’s way."

The day care centers have 20 days to file an appeal. 


 

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