Day care owner out of jail after lawn mower accident

WICHITA, Kansas – The owner of a Wichita home day care where a toddler was critically injured by a lawn mower is out of jail.

Thirty-nine-year-old Christina Hunt was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment.

She was released Friday on her own recognizance, pending the filing of any charges.

Police said an 18-month-old girl suffered a deep cut to her leg Thursday morning from a lawn mower being pushed by the day care’s owner. Five young children were playing in the backyard at the time.

Investigators have not said exactly how the accident happened. The girl was taken to a hospital in critical condition, then moved to a hospital in the Kansas City area.

The state has issued an emergency suspension of the day care’s license.


 

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The Sedgwick County Jail confirmed that the owner of the day care, 39-year-old Christina Hunt, was arrested and booked on aggravated endangerment of a child.

The arrest was made around 4 p.m. on Thursday after police responded to a call earlier in the day.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene of a lawn mower accident that critically injured a toddler just after 9 a.m. Thursday.

The day care is located in the 1800 block of North Shefford Circle, near 21st and Maize.

Wichita police say an 18-month-old girl was run over by a push lawn mower at a home day care and will possibly lose their leg.

Police say the child was not a resident of the home but attended the day care.

“We got here and found out that it involved a piece of lawn equipment in the back yard of a licensed day car. The child was taken to the hospital in critical condition. As I said before, it was a traumatic leg injury. We still don’t know the condition of the child but we do, it’s not a fatal injury but is a severe injury,” said Lt. Chris Bannister, Wichita Police Department.

Residents who live nearby say they were shocked by the news. “My wife actually text me and said have you seen this on the news about Shefford Circle,” said Matt Augustine, “and you know we knew it was us and there’s only one day care here so we knew exactly who it was.”

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued an Emergency Order of Suspension to the Toytown day care this afternoon.

Glisy Gilbert says she heard it all happen from her backyard, located across a small pond from the home. “Not even 10 minutes after that, there was a pop from the mower and then a baby cried and then I tried to peek over there at the house and I saw the lady, she’s carrying the baby but there was no more crying and she was saying ‘oh my gosh, oh my gosh.’”

KSN wanted to know if the day care had any previous problems and did research and found the state health department shows no complaint surveys.

The last annual survey was in April.

In 2013, the only issue was one child’s file did not have a current immunization record.

In 2012, there were two issues – the day care needed a safe sleep policy and a supervision plan.

RELATED LINKS:

KDHE Toytown Day Care detail report

Toytown Daycare Suspension

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