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Child Placed in Danger After Billing Dispute

When Hailey Ritson's parents fell behind on paying for her after-school child care, she was placed on a school bus and dropped near her parents home.

With no one home and the house locked, Hailey had no recourse but to wait for her parents to return home from work.

Hailey lives in a tough section of Troy, New York. A few days prior to this incident a local rapper was shot to death outside the Ritsons' home.

Hailey's mother, Jamie Ritson, says she and her husband were not told Hailey would be sent home and that this decision left Hailey exposed to danger which could have had disasterous consequences.

Even Baby Items Can Cause Serious Injury

You wouldn't think of baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups as dangerous, but every four hours a child under 3 arrives at the hospital suffering injury caused from one of these kid-friendly products.

The past twenty years (1991-2010) saw over 45,000 children under age 3 treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries caused by these items.

Most of the injuries (83%) were cuts and bruises to the mouth or dental injury, usually associated with a fall.

These facts come from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus and Ohio State University. The report can be seen in the June edition of Pediatrics online at www.pediatrics.org.

Child Care Center Closes Days After Fatal Crash

A recent tragic event in Louisville, Kentucky serves as a reminder of the importance of child transportation safety considerations.

A few days after their van crashed into a tree around the corner from their facility, killing the monitor and sending fourteen children and the driver to the hospital, Louisville, Kentucky child care center Heavenly Angels permanently closed its three Lexington locations.

The woman who died was Tiffany Belk, a 31-year-old mother of two. The driver and the children have not been identified, but police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the driver was a 37-year-old woman.

According to Kosair Children's Hospital chief nursing officer Cis Gruebbel, a few children suffered concussions, a few had broken bones and others had bumps and bruises. Gruebbel said the youngest of the children is about 5 months old and the others range up to about 8 or 9 years.

4-Year-Old Drowns During Visit to Pool

Wesley Child Care in Glenview, Illinois had been taking children swimming at Roosevelt Pool for twenty years without incident until 4-year-old Vincente Cardenas drowned there on June 15th.

A group of 19 children accompanied by 8 adults went swimming at the pool which, according to park district officials, was staffed with 15 on-duty lifeguards at the time of the drowning.

Vincente was discovered when older children noticed him in a fetal position at the bottom of the pool and alerted lifeguards. Lifeguards pulled the unresponsive child from the water and administered CPR before paramedics transported him to Glenbrook Hospital. He died just before 4 p.m.

An autopsy performed by the Medical Examiner's Office determined the cause of death to be accidental drowning.

Police and fire-safety investigators are still looking into the circumstances leading to this tragedy.


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