Mother files tort claim notice with Ind. officials after son’s daycare death

(WSBT Photo)
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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WISH) – The mother of a 5-year-old boy who died after accidentally hanging himself on a jump rope at a Michigan City daycare has filed a tort claim notice with Indiana state officials.

According to a press release from Anita LeFlore’s lawyer, LeFlore filed the notice with the governor of Indiana, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and the Indiana Attorney General.

LeFlore’s son, Amareon Williams, died on June 9 at Tricia’s Playhouse and Day after he was asphyxiated by a jump rope left hanging over an outdoor play fort.

The notice claims that the state of Indiana should have closed the daycare facility after an April 21 inspection revealed six serious violations. LeFlore’s lawyer also discovered that five days before the inspection, a parent filed a complaint that said their child had been beaten with a belt at the daycare.

Indiana has 90 days to respond to the claim. If the state doesn’t respond or denies the claim, a lawsuit will be filed against the State of Indiana and its Family and Social Services Administration.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration did order the daycare to close several days after the boy’s death.

LeFlore filed a lawsuit against the owner of the daycare, Tricia Calvin, on June 17.

On July 25, Calvin was charged with reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter. Stephanie Johnson and Erica Merriweather, both employees of the daycare, were also both charged with reckless homicide and involuntary manslaughter.

LeFlore’s lawsuit argues that workers at Tricia’s Playhouse failed to properly supervise her son and inspect the center’s outdoor play area.

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