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Cops: Toddler Finds Gun, Shoots 2 at Day Care

Boy was shot in face, another in shoulder; both are in hospital

(Newser) - In what a Michigan police chief refers to as "totally tragic" and "irresponsible," a loaded firearm was allegedly left in reach of children at an apparently unlicensed home day care in Dearborn, resulting in two children being shot Wednesday. Police say a toddler came upon the gun... More »

Toddler Dies Pinned Under Daycare's Beanbag Chair

Employee accidentally sat on the chair, say police

(Newser) - Leonardo Sanchez should be celebrating his second birthday on Saturday, but instead of a party, "I'm planning his funeral," his mom tells Utah's KSL . In what police are calling a "very tragic, sad accident," Leonardo was playing with other children at West Jordan Child... More »

Baby Dies on First Day at Daycare

Mom, during first day back to work, had called to check on her 3 times

(Newser) - On Adrienne Kromer's first day back at work following three and a half months of maternity leave, she called her daughter's new daycare center three times to check on the baby girl. McKenna Felmly had shown no signs of illness or distress when she was dropped off at... More »

Behind Seattle Evacuation, Hazmat Search: Deodorant

Church, daycare cleared out because of Axe body spray

(Newser) - A church and daycare center in Seattle's University District were cleared out by the city's fire department, nearby streets were roped off, and hazmat teams descended on the area Friday after "cough-inducing fumes" were noted wafting out of the church's bathroom and someone called 911, MyNorthwest.... More »

Mom Whose Baby Died at Daycare: Our System Is Broken

We need more parental leave, writes Amber Scorah

(Newser) - Amber Scorah wanted a longer maternity leave. She didn't yet feel comfortable leaving her 3-month-old son, but her company had no mechanism in place to allow her to take more time off, even if it was unpaid. She and her partner discussed the possibility of her quitting her job—... More »

3-Month-Old Dies During First Day at NYC Daycare

Owner of unlicensed facility noticed Karl Towndrow's lips were blue

(Newser) - On Amber Scorah's first day back at work after maternity leave, she dropped her 3-month-old son off at the SoHo daycare that she and Lee Towndrow had chosen for him. Hours later, son Karl was dead. New York City's medical examiner's office yesterday performed an autopsy on... More »

Measles Outbreak Hits Chicago-Area Daycare

5 kids under the age of 1 diagnosed

(Newser) - Five kids under the age of 1 have been diagnosed with measles at a daycare outside Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune , in an outbreak that comes on the heels of Cook County announcing last week that it had its first adult case of measles this year. It's not clear... More »

Daycare Worker Accused of Raping Baby

Woman, 25, caught on camera: cops

(Newser) - A female employee of a daycare center in Elyria, Ohio, has been arrested on two counts of rape. In court today, Heather Koon, 25, pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were brought after police say they found a video on Koon's computer of her assaulting a baby. The... More »

Cops Find Drugs, Cash, Gun in Raid on ... Daycare?

1 kilo cocaine, 1K Oxy pills, wads of cash stashed at daycare center

(Newser) - Of all the places in the Bronx to find a stash of drugs, guns, and weapons, "Fun World Childcare" doesn't sound like the most likely candidate. But a raid on the building that houses the daycare center last week turned up more than just teddy bears and juice... More »

Sisters Post Bail, Accused of Over-Swaddling Infants

Bay Area women face felony child abuse charges at day care

(Newser) - Two sisters who run a day care in California have posted a total of $680,000 bail on charges that they endangered the lives of infants under their care, reports NBC Bay Area . The case is drawing national attention for the unusual nature of the charges—Nazila and Lida Sharaf... More »

Daycare Now Costs More Than College

Sending an infant to a center often breaks the bank for parents

(Newser) - It's entirely possible your children won't even remember the most expensive institution you ever enroll them in. On average, sending an infant to daycare is now more expensive than attending a state college, according to a new study from ChildCare Aware of America. Massachusetts residents, for instance, can... More »

Mercury Spill Shuts Down Ohio Daycare

30 kids had to get decontamination showers

(Newser) - All ended well, but a show-and-tell presentation on mercury turned out to be way more informative than planned for 30 preschoolers. A worker at a Toledo daycare brought in a vintage blood-pressure monitor with mercury inside to show the kids, explains the Toledo Blade . It got left on the floor,... More »

Fourth Child Dies After Day Care Fire in Houston

Police investigate whether operator had gone shopping beforehand

(Newser) - A fourth child died today after a day care fire in Houston last week, as police investigate whether the woman who operated it out of her home left the kids unsupervised while she went shopping, reports KTRK-TV. Three other toddlers were injured, and two of them remain hospitalized. "There's... More »

Grandparents Urged to Go on Strike in Spain

Union wants to prove a point about child care

(Newser) - A Spanish workers' union is calling on grandparents to strike from caring for their grandchildren, the Guardian reports. UGT wants to highlight how many working families get necessary child care in the absence of government help—by getting grandma and grandpa to watch the kids. "We want grandparents to... More »

Good Day Care Linked to Good Grades Later

4½-year-olds in 'high-quality' care perform better as teens

(Newser) - Kids who spend a lot of time in high-quality child care perform better academically than those who don't, even as much as 10 years later. Researchers looked at 1,364 youngsters, analyzing their academic records in the context of the kind and amount of child care they received. Previous studies... More »

Day-Care Kids Take Bigger Risks

New fuel for mommy wars

(Newser) - Teenagers who spent long hours in day-care as toddlers are more likely to take risks and act impulsively than peers who spent those years at home, finds the largest and longest study of child-care in America. The findings—sure to stir controversy among parents and policy makers—found that teens... More »

Tiger Woods Apologizes to Daycare

Woods and Nordegren sorry for paparazzi attention

(Newser) - Tiger Woods did a little more apologizing today, this time to the parents of the other kids at the daycare his daughter attends. Woods and Elin Nordegren released a letter offering a “personal apology” for the media scrutiny now surrounding the school, reports Florida's WFTV . “We hope that... More »

Home Daycare Turns Kids Into Couch Potatoes

Child-care centers do far better at restricting boob tube time

(Newser) - Children in home-based daycare watch far more TV than kids in formal child-care centers, with preschoolers averaging as much as 3.4 hours a day. The numbers in a new survey haven't changed much from stats recorded in previous years, which the researchers say they find "disconcerting, given the... More »

Chicago Day-Care Home Used for Dogfights

Cops make arrests after raids in Maywood, Ill

(Newser) - Chicago police raided an Illinois day-care center that apparently doubled as a brutal dogfighting operation. Ten children were being watched at the private home at the time of the raid. A swing set used by the kids was only 10 feet from a bloody garage where a “vicious” pit... More »

Brit Nursery Schools Ban Cuddlies on Swine Flu Fears

(Newser) - Teddy bears have been given their marching orders from British nursery schools and day care centers as the government seeks to stop the spread of swine flu, the Guardian reports. New guidelines say soft toys should be removed since they are hard to clean properly, and the sharing of pencils... More »

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