Daycare Death Investigation

A North Carolina home daycare is closed while authorities investigate the death of an infant.

Multiple media outlets report Thursday that 3-month-old Eliana Navy was pronounced dead at a hospital Oct. 26 after dispatchers were called about a child that had stopped breathing. A cause of death has not been released.

The next day, state officials suspended the license of the home daycare center operated by Judy Lucas in Apex. The state Department of Health and Human Services found violations ranging from inadequate supervision of children to exposed electrical outlets and inadequate smoke detectors.

Lucas was first licensed to operate the center in August 2004.


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  • by lisa Location: apex on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:48 PM
    Unbelievable! My child was at this home daycare and believe me I by no means "shopped for the cheapest daycare or one that was convenient." Judy loved each and every one of those children as if they were her own. Unless your child was there you have no idea what it was like inside her home. I guarantee that every home has some of the exact same violations that she had but does that give anyone a right to talk bad about you or the people that leave their children with you? I do agree that some of the violations are not excusable but they also failed to leave out details such as a gate that blocked any access to the stairs that were uncovered, her house was a split level therefore there is not really a third floor, etc. I would still trust her today with both of my children. she is the most loving christian women you can ask for to keep your child. I wouldn't wish anyone to have to pull up to a house, where your child is inside, and see crime scene tape! This has changed me forever!
  • by June Location: Indiana on Nov 6, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    First my sympathy to the family, I have lost a young child too early in life too and know what you are going through. To some of you posting here, you are inconsiderate and selfish, to make this about who can or cannot afford daycare, or whose right or wrong about whether to even place a child in daycare. We may not want to work, not put our child in the care of others, but are left with little choice in the matter. And to say that "family" is best to watch a child over an outsider isn't always the best in the end. Many, too many children have died, been molested, or other by the hands of one of thier own "family". I don't think we can honestly say we ever really "know" someone.. So, what is the answer? Who is best or knows best for our children? And for "Pam", you say you only pay 5% of income toward childcare? You are VERY lucky, at least financially, too bad money cannot buy a guaranteed life of safety for your children. You can only hope they will be, like the rest of us.
  • by avia Location: washington on Nov 6, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    Ladies, ladies, let's stop the bickering and remember there is a family hurting deeply over the loss of a beautiful child that they love deely. We don't know the whole story but it is tragic in so many ways. We have government agencies that is suppose to inspect the daycares whether in a private home or other. Where and when was an inspection done? The state has to be blamed partly for the problems that was in the daycare. Please do a complete check on any place you put your children for care and even do some inspecting of your own. It is your right as you are the parents. God bless this little ones family. Everyone please be in prayer for this family.
  • by Pam on Nov 6, 2009 at 05:17 AM
    I appologize for my recent comment. I misunderstood the comment from "to Outsidelookingin", as being a comment from "Outsidelookingin". Sorry I got this thread off topic and I am truly sorry and will pray for the family of the precious baby.
  • by Pam on Nov 5, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    Well maybe you just cannot get a decent paying job, but my childcare is less that 5% of our families monthly net income. and your comment had nothing to do with the story as well so do not call this kettle black. And believe you me, I can look good without fake body parts.
  • by to Outsidelookingin on Nov 5, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    What are you talking about? What does your comment have to do with this story? I wear fake nails, hair attachments,but I get them at the hair place or walmart for under 10.00 dollars. It is call making yourself look nice. Anyway childcare is expensive and if they can put their kids there they are really doing good, because I could not afford it.
  • by Pam on Nov 5, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    Well outsidelookingin, I will quit my job and you can pay my mortgage, feed and clothed my kids, and pay my electric bill. Since you seem to know everything about a dual parent income house, here is a bit of info for you. I have not had my nails done since I was in college, my last haircut at Fantastic Sams was in July, last time I went shopping at Target was to buy school uniform clothes for my kids. Both our "old" gas efficient cars are paid off. We keep our thermostat on 66 in the winter and 80 in the summer, have not had a vacation in 2 years....etc...so do not even pretend to know anything about my lifestyle because of the choice that we have made to have a dual income. BTW we also have college accounts set up for both our kids, no debt, and retirement and stocks that will ensure we never have to rely on the government for assistance. Living beyond my means?? How about "being responsible for my means".
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 5, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    The reason some women leave their newborn/toddler children in paid childcare is because they are trying to live beyond their means. I see it everyday; they have salon artificial nails/french toenails, tattoes, cigarettes, hair attachments/do's, spaghetti-strap tops, flip flops, toe rings, eyebrow rings, etc... You gotta work to maintain that kind of upkeep.
  • by Pam on Nov 5, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    Well Anonymous, you will be glad that I do not leave my kids in the care of strangers. I leave in the car and if they are lucky I crack the windows for them.
  • by mother Location: martin county on Nov 5, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    I am sorry for the family that lose their child.Somtime parents don't have any other choice but to select childcare providers
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