Toddler dies at daycare



ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A 3-year-old boy died July 8 at a local daycare after allegedly hanging himself on the playground.

The toddler, from Roswell, was at Ms. Janna’s Daycare, on Shady Grove Lane in Alpharetta, a home-daycare center that is approved for up to six children to be present.

George Gordon, spokesman for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, said the boy was playing in the playground when he came across a piece of twine.

“It looks like the child was playing with the string and somehow it got around a post on the slide and his neck,” Gordon said.

The boy went down the slide and strangled himself.

The Fulton County Coroner determined the boy died of asphyxiation.

Daycare workers called 911 at 10 a.m. and when fire crews arrived they found an adult performing CPR on the boy. They took over and he was pronounced dead.

Reg Griffin, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), which regulates daycares, said the business has been closed pending the results of an inquiry.

“We do this when it is determined there was a death of a child that was not medically anticipated,” Griffin said.

The daycare’s owner, Janna Thomspaon, has until Monday afternoon to appeal.

If the investigation concludes there were issues with the daycare, it could face penalties such as fines or having its license revoked.

Ms. Janna’s Daycare was the subject of a surprise inspection in January.

“The serious issues we found dealt with supervision and the safety of the playground.”

It is licensed for up to six children, but Griffin said Thompson was cited for lacking supervision.

“It’s hard to keep an eye on six kids by yourself,” he said.

The playground problems ranged from excessive twigs and pinecones to protruding rusty nails and a wheelbarrow and water hose exposed.

The report also found Thompson did not complete the required number of training hours.

Griffin said Thompson was advised of these issues and a plan to fix them was discussed.


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