Child left alone at North Little Rock day care, report says; same company as June hot-van death – Arkansas News

Child left alone at North Little Rock day care, report says; same company as June hot-van death – Arkansas News

A child was left unattended at an Ascent Children’s Health Services facility in North Little Rock on Monday and two staff members were fired, a state agency spokesman said.

It was the second such incident in five weeks at that facility, according to a state Department of Human Services document. And it follows the June death of a 5-year-old boy at a separate West Memphis facility operated by Ascent.

Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Jonesboro, is chief executive of the company. Neither Sullivan nor the company responded to requests for comment on Wednesday.

The Department of Human Services is investigating to find out what occurred Monday and if any state laws or regulations were broken, said Brandi Hinkle, a spokesman for the department.

She said she did not have knowledge of the condition of the child. Investigations normally take several days, she said.

“There are — of course — corrective action plans that we put in place generally when a situation like this occurs so we’re sure the children are safe,” Hinkle said.

Both Ascent and a separate witness reported the incident to the Department of Human Services. Hinkle said it was common for facilities to report leaving children unattended.

Generally, if the investigation confirms an incident, a facility is placed on probation from one month to a year, depending on the severity of the situation, she said.

As a result of the previous incident in North Little Rock — which was reported June 28 — another two staff members were fired and remaining staff members were referred to Arkansas State University for additional training, according to documentation provided by the Department of Human…

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