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September 3, 2013

Trinity Daycare negotiating revocation settlement

New citations issued in June for training, equipment violations


Staff members were accused of using derogatory names for children. They also were accused of grabbing them by the arms, slapping them and spanking them. There were a total of 19 violations cited, including several violations of failure to provide proper training.

A correction order was issued to the facility again in June after five violations were found during a DHS licensing re-inspection on May 17. Three of the violations were for not providing documentation showing staff had been provided adequate training for sudden infant death syndrome, shaken baby syndrome and CPR methods. A fourth violation was for not having infant cribs that met federal standards. The final violation was for not having an annual inspection for a fire extinguisher (a tag said it had last been inspected in October 2011).

Thomas issued a request in July to have the citations reconsidered, except for the CPR training violation. A letter from Karen Erickson of the DHS Division of Licensing Legal Office, which was sent to Thomas on Aug. 8, denied that request. It said DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson had reviewed the case.

“The Commissioner finds there is sufficient evidence in the record to support the citations and they are affirmed,” Erickson said in the letter. “The correction order is affirmed in its entirety. This is a final agency decision.”

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