Parents plead for daycare death investigations

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 6:51 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. — When a baby dies in a state-licensed daycare, the agency that issues the license does not conduct an investigation.

That could change after state lawmakers heard from Amanda and Kyle Uphold Thursday.

In May 2013 their five-month-old daughter Eve died from sudden infant death syndrome during naptime at First Nest, a Seattle in-home daycare.

First Nest closed following Eve’s death.

Kyle Uphold told House members his daughter was “vibrant and healthy” at the time of her death. Eve’s mother said the death was preventable.

The Upholds conducted their own investigation which revealed another baby died of SIDS at First Nest in 2001.

The parents testified in favor of a bill requiring state investigations of deaths in all state-licensed daycare facilities.

State investigators would conduct the same inquiries currently done in cases of foster children who die.

Under the bill, records of the investigation would have to be posted online for parents looking into a daycare’s past.

”We hope this is only the start of legislation resulting from Eve’s case and the other precious lives lost too soon,” said Amanda Uphold.

An attorney for the Upholds said they recently filed lawsuits against the state and the daycare.
 

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