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East Ridge daycare fined, given restricted license after 4-month-old found unresponsive

An East Ridge daycare has been fined and issued a restricted license after employees found a 4-month-old boy unresponsive. (Images: WTVC, Hunt family)

An East Ridge daycare has been fined and issued a restricted license after employees found a 4-month-old boy unresponsive.

Warren Hunt died after daycare workers found him unresponsive in November.

Tennessee Department of Human Services spokesman Sky Arnold issued the following statement Friday:

"The Tennessee Department of Human Services has issued three civil penalties against the Childcare Network in East Ridge all relating to an incident involving a 4 month old child. These penalties include;

• $200 - Supervision: Failure to use appropriate bedding and/or failure to properly supervise child,

• $1,000 - Injury to and/or death of child,

• $200 - Supervision: failure to begin CPR immediately

The $1,400 civil penalty is the highest allowable given the circumstances and is a reflection of how serious the Department of Human Services considers these violations.

In addition to civil penalties, the TDHS has issued a restricted license for the Childcare Network in East Ridge that prevents the agency from providing services or care to children under one year of age. A safety plan has prevented the childcare facility from serving children under a year of age since November but this change puts that restriction in place in the license. The safety plan remains in effect requiring two teachers to be supervised while working with any children.

The TDHS is additionally looking into long term solutions for the center to further ensure the safety of children and is continuing to work with the Department of Children’s Services on this ongoing investigation."

East Ridge Police investigated the death, but closed their case when the Medical Examiner ruled it as accidental. The Department of Children's Services is still investigating.

The family of Warren Hunt is asking for $5 million dollars from the parent company of Childcare Network.

Depend on us to update this story as we learn more.

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