UPDATE** Unattended infant dies; KDHE suspends Hays day care center

andy lambertAugust 12, 2013

According to a Hays Police Department press release, the eight-week old infant from the Michelle Sarver Day Care Home in Hays that was left unattended for one-half hour on Aug. 7 passed away on Aug. 10, 2013.


The Kansas Department of Environment and Health’s press release, dated August 12, nor the department’s emergency order of suspension did not mention the baby’s death. The Hays Police Department press release issued earlier today read that the infant passed away two days before the KDHE issued an Emergency Order of Suspension to a day care home at 2405 Virginia Drive in Hays.


The Hays press release said the baby was reportedly transferred by ambulance to Hays Medical Center the day of the incident before being life-watched down to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. The Hays police department and the Ellis County Coroners Office are investigating the death of the infant.

After reviewing the licensed day care center’s file, Secretary of the KDHE Robert Moser issued the emergency order of suspension a few days after the incident. According to the suspension order, on Aug. 7:


“a nearly eight-week old infant in the care of the License was put down for a nap on a

bed in the License’s home, popped up by pillows and blankets. The infant was left

unattended for approximately one-half hour. When the License check on the infant, she

found the infant on its stomach in the bed and unresponsive… Law enforcement has

determined that the health and safety of other children who are or may be in the care of

the LIcensee may be in jeopardy…”


The entire emergency order of suspension can be found below.

State law allows the Secretary of KDHE to issue such an order when, in the opinion of the Secretary, the order is necessary to protect children in the home from any substantial threat to health or safety. The order is subject to appeal.


This story was based off of a press release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.




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