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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Boots & Bows Daycare had critical violations in the past

MITCHELL - MARCH 18, 2023 - The Boots & Bows Daycare facility located at 607 Teke Burton Drive had a few critical violations according to records obtained from the FSSA Child Care Provider reports in Indiana.


Photo: A small child has died on Wednesday; the circumstances and cause of death has not yet been released by the Indiana State Police who is in charge of the investigation.


On Wedenseday emergency personnel from Mitchell Police Department, Mitchell Fire Department, and IU Lifeline Ambulance responded to the daycare on reports a small child was not breathing.



The child has been confirmed to have died. Lawrence County Coroner Elizabeth Freeman Cammack told the Lawrence County Zephyr that the autopsy has been completed, which was performed at the Lawrence County Forensics Center in Bedford.


She stated the cause and manner of death will be released by the Indiana State Police and has not released the name of the child who died. The Indiana State Police is the lead investigative agency.


Indiana State Police has not released any other information on the incident as of Friday evening.


Licensed providers, such as licensed homes and centers are required to complete safe sleep and CPR training, do criminal background checks and follow proper child/staff ratios are just a few of the requirements.


In Indiana, you must have a license if you are watching six or more children unrelated to the provider.


A childcare provider can be unlicensed and operating within the law, but only if they have five or fewer children in their care not related to the provider.


Indiana Code 12-17-2 established the authority for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning to regulate childcare in the State of Indiana.


Lawrence County Zephyr has looked into the records of the Boots & Bows Daycare which has remained closed following the incident on Wednesday.


A critical Health and safety violation identifies non-compliance, identified during an FSSA inspection that falls into a category of violations which FSSA believes may pose a serious health and safety risk to children.


The day care has been found to have a few critical violations that was identified by FSSA.


Here is a look at the violations or non-compliance as reported by the FSSA.


  • On February 28, 2023, an employee did not have First Aid and Universal Precaution training. The licensee shall maintain the following documentation in the child care home, with documentation of a current first aid course, training in Universal Precautions, and annual CPR certification


  • On May 31, 2022, Caregiver did not complete injury report. Caregiver did not notify parent at time of incident. Direct childcare providers, including volunteers shall receive training in the following in 30 days of starting employment which includes procedures for preventing, detecting, and reporting suspected child abuse or neglect. The issue was resolved on July 15, 2022.


  • On July 21,2022 the First Aid manual was missing at time of inspection. The childcare home shall have a Red Cross First Aid Manual or equivalent in the childcare home


  • On December 7, 2022, there was a critical Health and Safety violation which states that a four-month-old sleeping in bouncy seat and fourth month old sleeping in bouncy seat with bib, blanket and bottle propped at time of inspection.


  • On December 7, 2022, there was a critical Health and Safety violation which states that a four-month-old sleeping in bouncy seat and fourth month old sleeping in bouncy seat with bib, blanket and bottle propped at time of inspection.


  • On December 20, 2022, upon arrival 17 children were present with two caregivers at the time of inspection. The maximum capacity in Class I childcare home shall be 12 children at any one time.


  • On November 17, 2021, injury not reported. The caregiver shall report immediately suspected physical abuse, sexual abuse, child neglect or child exploitation to the child Protective Services or local law enforcement. Date resolved November 29th, 2021


  • On November 17, 2021, there were 24 children with three caregivers.


Lawrence County Zephyr will continue to monitor developments to this news story.


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