MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has ordered the closure of a Michigan City day care center where a 5-year-old boy died after accidentally hanging himself with a jump rope.
The action against Tricia’s Playhouse followed an investigation Tuesday night in which the agency found the center was “in violation of supervision regulations” at the time Amareon Williams was injured.
LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan said Amareon died Monday from asphyxiation due to hanging after getting caught in a jump rope left hanging over an outside play fort. He was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.
Tricia’s Playhouse has 90 days to appeal the closure, WSBT-TV reported. If not, the day care will remain closed for that length of time, after which FSSA may choose to extend the closure.
Day care owner Tricia Calvin declined to comment on the closure.
The licensed day care was on probationary status at the time and undergoing a plan of correction after an April 21 inspection found several violations, FSSA spokeswoman Marni Lemons told WSJV-TV. The problems included failure to report suspected child abuse or neglect, harsh punishment and a locked exit.
Calvin opened the day care in May 2012, but had no violations until April 2014.
Before it was closed, Tricia’s Playhouse was receiving federal money to care for low-income children. It is no longer eligible to receive those funds.
The LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the death.
Michigan City is about 30 miles west of South Bend.