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NEW INFO: Ten Children Drank Windshield Wiper Fluid

The owner of an Arkansas daycare center where 10 children were sickened after they were mistakenly given windshield wiper fluid has surrendered her state license to child welfare investigators.

Hospital officials say a staffer mistakenly put the blue liquid in the refrigerator after shopping and later served it, thinking it was Kool-Aid.

Doctors estimate the children, ages 2 to 7, drank about an ounce of the fluid.

One child remains hospitalized. A spokeswoman for Arkansas' Department of Human Services descibes the daycare operator as "upset" and worried about the children. She told investigators the incident was "just a horrible mistake."

A toxicologist says the "take-home message is not to have these products in the kitchen or where you're doing any kind of food preparation."



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Hospital officials say 10 children drank windshield wiper fluid after a staffer at Arkansas daycare center mistook the liquid for Kool-Aid.

Hilary DeMillo, a spokeswoman at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, says one of the 10 children who drank the fluid Thursday afternoon is still hospitalized Friday morning.

Pediatric pharmacologist and toxicologist Laura James says the child's blood samples had high levels of methanol, which can cause blindness.

James tells The Associated Press that the daycare staffer put the windshield wiper fluid in a refrigerator accidentallly after a shopping trip.

Doctors estimate the children, ages 2 to 7, each drank about an ounce of the fluid before realizing what it was.

Julie Munsell, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services, says child welfare officials planned to visit the Scott community daycare Friday. Munsell did not know the name of the daycare.



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Hospital officials say 10 children drank windshield wiper fluid after staffers at an Arkansas daycare center mistook the liquid for Kool-Aid.

A pediatrician at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock says the children, ages 2 to 6, are OK, but continue to be monitored. The doctor said each child drank about an ounce late Thursday afternoon.

The hospital did not identify the Scott community daycare. State child welfare officials did not immediately return a call for comment Friday.

The fluid contained toxic alcohols. A pediatric toxicologist says those chemicals can cause kidney damage and blindness.


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