Garden City daycare halted after child puts another child in dryer, turns it on, officials say

LARA says woman running daycare didn’t tell child’s mother about incident

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GARDEN CITY, Mich. – A Garden City woman’s daycare license has been suspended after a child in her household put another child she was caring for in the clothes dryer and turned it on, officials said.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has suspended and issued a notice of intent to revoke the family child care home license of a woman on Marquette Street in Garden City, according to officials.

LARA alleges that on Aug. 4, the woman brought a child only described as a “minor household member” to a hospital and expressed to a registered nurse that she was “stressed out because (that child) had put a child in the clothes dryer and turned it on.”

Later that day, the child in question admitted to the same nurse and a social worker that she had put another child in the clothes dryer and turned it on, according to authorities.

LARA officials said the child who was put inside the dryer told her mother about the incident in September, describing it as, “Hot, and it was dark and hurt my back.”

That child told her mother that the woman running the daycare had gotten her out of the dryer.

Authorities said the mother wasn’t informed about the incident.

A complaint investigation that concluded Nov. 2 found the following violations of the Child Care Organizations Act, LARA officials said:

  • Lack of appropriate care and supervision.
  • Household member’s suitability and conduciveness to the welfare of children.
  • Failure to provide truthful and accurate information to the department during an investigation.

The woman’s daycare license was suspended, effective Nov. 3. She is not allowed to accept children for care, and she must tell all parents of children in her care that her license has been suspended.

“It was critical to take emergency action to protect the health, welfare and safety of the children at this family child care home,” a LARA release says.


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