GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The investigation into a Georgetown day care where a 5-month-old child was found unresponsive and later died, has officially concluded. The woman charged in that death, Holly Harrison, was indicted last week.
The Department of Family and Protective Services found numerous issues with All About Kids day care, which was operated by Harrison. One of the main findings determined that a child was neglected while in Harrison’s care. Investigators discovered Harrison 37, waited at least 15 minutes before calling 911 when she says she found Brody Havins unresponsive in her care on Jan. 13.
On the morning of the baby’s death, Harrison said she went to wake Brody from his nap at 10:30 a.m. but found him “pale, limp and non-responsive.” Harrison told police she took the baby to the living room, placed him on the couch and attempted CPR but she couldn’t revive him and that’s when she called for emergency help. A review of the 911 tape recorded Harrison telling the dispatcher that she thought the baby had choked on his infant glove. While on the phone with the dispatcher, Harrison said she “could see a white infant glove in his mouth” and proceeded to remove it after the dispatcher directed her to do so.
The report states Harrison failed to give the baby appropriate CPR, which is a part of daycare training. The report states she was texting while attempting chest compressions on the child.
The report also uncovered a lack of cribs for infants. Day cares are required by law to have an individual crib for each infant that is in their care.
Child Care Licensing, the branch that investigates day cares, wouldn’t talk specifics about this case, but the director says parents should ask a lot of questions when choosing a day care.
“Asking ‘where does my child sleep,’ especially in home environments. You want to make sure that they’re sleeping in safe environments,” explains Julie Richards, Director of Field for the Child Care Licensing Daycare Program. “I would also look for, are there too many children in care, does it seem like the provider is overwhelmed.”
DFPS also recommend parents do safety checks by visiting their child’s day care at different hours. The investigation shows parents were not allowed to go inside Harrison’s day care unless she gave them permission, according to the report.
Harrison has a 15 days to appeal the findings. She is due back in court on June 14th.
You can check to see if your own child’s day care has safety violations at the DFPS website.