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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -
An Olathe daycare has been shut down after a child died over a year ago.
The death happened in January of 2013 at Precious Little Angels on 126th Street. The 10-month-old boy passed away after napping in a car seat. According to state records, the daycare operator admitted that she had allowed the infant to sleep in the car seat on two other occasions.
State authorities say follow-up inspections revealed other children also were napping in unapproved situations, including closed rooms, on adult beds with no protection and on a couch. The adult bed had soft blankets and pillows.
Authorities also say the pool was not properly fenced off.
State regulators went to the daycare on Jan. 8, which was five days after the baby died. The state regulators found children were not sleeping in cribs or playpens. The daycare also had more children than it was licensed to have.
In addition, the state found that the daycare provider had not discussed safe-sleep practices with parents, and did not check on sleeping children every 15 minutes as required by state regulations.
Stairways did not have secure doors or gates. Some electrical outlets weren't covered. Medical records weren't updated.
A follow up visit on Feb. 28 found that the swimming pool still wasn't properly enclosed and safe sleeping practices still weren't being followed, according to state records. Some of the issues found nearly six weeks earlier still remained.
The daycare owner, Maricela Rodriguez, can appeal the shutdown order.
Some parents who sent their children to the daycare said they would still do so again if given a chance.
"I think she's a great daycare lady," Damesha Johnson said. "I didn't ever feel like my baby was in danger there."
She sent her infant son, Deadan, to the daycare. She said she knew that a child had died at the daycare.
"It's sad. It's terrible that it has to happen but accidents happen," she said.
KCTV5 was unsuccessful in reaching Rodriguez.
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