Mother warns parents about the dangers of daycares

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After authorities shut down Care-a-lot daycare for operating illegally, one mother's nightmare came rushing back. Now she's reaching out to parents with a warning.

Alecia Boone said she froze when she heard about Care-a-lot daycare on television. At first she thought it might have been the same daycare as her daughter's. It wasn't, but Boone still wanted to warn other parents so they don't have to go through the pain she still deals with.

On May 31, 2009, Boone dropped her healthy daughter Aniyah off at a daycare in Merriam, Kan. Five hours later she received a call saying her daughter wouldn't wake up from a nap.

The official cause of death -- brain injury and lacerated liver. No one was charged and the case was closed. Investigators couldn't figure out who caused the injuries.

Boone said there are many similarities -- both daycares had numerous complaints filed against them. Boone said parents should do more research.

"I would like to educate parents to actually investigate," Boone said. "I know that parents have to work, but you know kids come first and you trusting a daycare to watch your kids while you're at work trying to make a living. I would like to educate them to further investigate because sometimes it's not worth it

Alecia, who has two other daughters, says her therapy is cake decorating and tattoos. She says it would bring her peace if investigators reopened her daughter's case.

If you suspect child abuse, neglect or exploitation at a child care facility, contact the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-392-3738.

Learn more about daycares in Missouri.

Learn more about daycare in Kansas.



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  • Squeaky Wheeler

    Clearly, no one can care for my child like I can. Clearly, no one else WILL care for my child like I will. Which would you rather I do? Have a child and collect welfare – or – have a child and work my butt off?

    I chose to have a child and that child is presently in school. The school could kill my child. Is the blame still mine in my child’s death because I didn’t stay with him/her?

    It seems to me that if an entity is claiming to be able to care for children (like a daycare) throughout the day, that entity should return the children in a condition equal to or better than the condition in which the children were dropped off.

    I agree with the concept that parents need to do better research; but I fully disagree that a daycare potentially killing off a child is the fault of the parents.

  • Sara

    This is why I stay home with my son. I may not have a lot of money but I have enough to stay home. I consider myself lucky but other moms don’t have that option. Just because moms have to work doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have trouble. I do think you can do all the research possible and still have a bad outcome. It’s a scary world.