The day care should have been shut down long before this tragedy.
Day cares can only stay in business if the government decides they are safe.
Laws require day cares to use proper diapering and cleaning procedures and report outbreaks of illnesses. Laws require public health departments to act to prevent the spread of disease. Laws require the Department of Early Learning to revoke the license of day cares that chronically violate the laws that are meant to protect children.
The young parents who entrusted 4 year old Ronan Wilson to Fletch Family Day Care, had no idea that the County and State should have shut that facility down. The parents had no idea of the number of health and safety violations found over and over again. But the government knew and took no action.
Fletch Family Day Care was a public safety hazard. It posed a threat to the health and safety of those it was supposed to care for. Ultimately the long line of violations and failures lead to the death of Ronan from complications associated with E. Coli. The preventable outbreak injured a total 18 children and 3 adults at the Fletch Family Day Care.
After Ronan’s death, the government decided that this last violation should be Fletch Family Day Care’s final one. It shut down the Day Care. One child too late.
This lawsuit (PDF to complaint), discussed in The Columbian, seeks to change such conduct in the future to prevent further tragedies, and to compensate for the damage done to the Wilson family.
Paul Stritmatter of SKWC is the attorney for the parents.