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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Kansas Allowed Daycare To Kill A Baby

On February 27, five month old Caleb Stewart, of Scranton, Kansas, died at the home of his daycare provider, Tara Johnson. He died, somehow, while sleeping on a dog bed on the floor, but an actual cause of death has not been established by the coroner. Many complaints had already been filed against Tara Johnson with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Child Protective Services. The complaints ranged from dirty surroundings to lack of supervision of children and Tara's boyfriend (not an employee of the daycare or a licensed childcare provider) caring for the children while Tara shopped and ran other errands. Caleb's mother, Misty Durham, has been met with evasive answers and denials from everyone involved, from those at the home where her son died to Chad Taylor, the District Attorney, to whom the case has been assigned.


This seems to be the practice in Kansas inasmuch as regulating daycares, schools, and other institutions that have contact with children. There's a daycare in Frankfort, Kansas where the spouse of the proprietress cares for the children on a semi-regular basis, although he is not licensed to do so. Their adult children also consume alcohol and other drugs while the children are present. There's another daycare in the same town which allows it's charges to run about, unsupervised, between the pool and the library. Not only are these indiscretions an invitation to liability; they create a tragedy waiting to happen, yet nothing is done. Frankfort High continues to employ a guidance counselor who abandoned a female high school freshman alongside the highway four miles away from the school, all by herself, and when she got lost, he told no one. He looked for her a little bit by himself, but when it was time for him to go home, he went home for the day, not even bothering to tell the student's parents or make a police report. Child Protective Services have actually removed children from the homes of parents who treat their children that way, yet a teacher who does the same thing is allowed to continue. Is this because it is less dangerous for a child to get lost, wandering around four miles away from town, after being abandoned by a school employee, rather than a parent? Or is it because the only action Child Protective Services could take in a situation such as that would be to insure that the school employee is fired, with no removal of the child, and therefore no money to be made via an ongoing case or a questionable adoption pending the termination of parental rights? It seems, also, that the same possibility exists in the case of the daycare: a caucasion  baby who could be taken from his parents and put up for adoption, or sold to the highest bidder after parental rights had been terminated would be a prime target for Child Protective Services, but since most judges will not go along with removals of children from the homes of the parents over bad choices of daycares or schools, Child Protective Services ignores violations and crimes of daycare providers and teachers, focusing instead upon individual parents who make easier targets. Grim.


Sadly, Caleb's case did not get much attention from the media. The most complete information about it seems to be a piece from WIBW, written in May of this year. Caleb's case has gotten even less attention from law enforcement and the District Attorney, and now, almost eight months later, there have been no arrests, and Tara Johnson is still caring for children in her home! Apparently, no one who was in the home at the time of Caleb's death has agreed to a polygraph, and when concerned voters and taxpayers in Northeast Kansas call law enforcement and the District Attorney with questions about this case, both agencies respond by hanging up! What an amazing message to send to voters! The lead investigator in this case is Erin Thompson, who can be reached at 785-368-2242; and the district Attorney, Chad Taylor, can be reached at 785-233-8200.
 
 

13 comments:

  1. Get your story straight. Caleb died at Stormont Vail 2 hours after leaving the daycare... everything that could be done for him was.. Misty has lied speculated and mislead everyone for her own personal gain... I prayed for the Steve wilkos show to give them the closer they deserve.. the closer I offered two days after the tragedy .. it was a very traumatic experience for all involved .. I had never done CPR on a baby but without a thought I did everything the 911 operator told me to do wherefore he was breathing when paramedics arrived almost twenty minutes after the call was placed ... lies lies lies will never be truth and TRUTH WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL.. so get your story right before u speculate on the behalf of a known meth user with dollar symbols and glory in her eyes ...

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  2. But I guess truth holds no ground on this page either

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    1. Ya know; addictive illness in the past of someone involved really has nothing to do with how or why Caleb died. What was your point in bringing that up here? Deflection? How much of that was done while giving statements to the police?

      How could the Steve Wilkos show possibly give the family the closure that a proper investigation and accountability of the daycare provider is meant to provide? Are you saying that the privilege of accountability is only for some people, but not for all? Are you saying that Misty does not deserve it? A civil lawsuit is not dependent upon proof of criminal intent, only of negligence, and there are several similar cases in the nation right now, involving daycares, schools, and noncustodial caretakers that have been re-opened, thanks to heightened media coverage.

      If you have a problem with this page, go somewhere else. I merely published that the baby began to crash at daycare, and that the babysitter had not been held accountable. Your suggestion that Caleb does not deserve justice because his mother has used drugs in the past is downright offensive. Unless you were WITH her while she got high, how the hell would you know about it, anyway?

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    2. Are you the guy in the red shirt in the still shot above? If so, you should really take a look at yourself. You are obviously trying to intimidate others. Why?

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  3. You openly state that he died at the day care ... read your message over again ... what more could the daycare provider have done?? Everything was done within humanly power I.E why he died at Stormont Vail (hospital) not "at the home of the daycare provider" as you clearly state.. intimidation of who ?? Misty ?? She has made it so that I can't even feel safe going to the store for fear that harm may come to m

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    1. Forgive me. (eye-rolley, here) He began to crash and desperately needed medical care while at the babysitter's house. He died of whatever happened to him while at the hospital. What more could the daycare provider have done? Lets see......she could have been licensed and never out of compliance with state or national law, 100% of the time. She could have had a all children in the approved areas of her home for daycare, NOT locked in bedrooms, so they could not see other "activities" going on in the home and become potential witnesses. (that's a big reason why I think this case was not investigated very well) She could have either watched the children she was babysitting, or hired qualified help. She could have told her boyfriend to come visit AFTER she was finished working. There's a case in Virginia going on right now involving a baby who died in a hospital in Northern Virginia. While he died in the hospital, the cause of death had to do with something that happened to him in his non-custodial father's house. It took about a year, but Mr. Non-Custodial father is now in jail awaiting trial for first degree murder. If I recall correctly, the mom in that situation had to wait about a year for the autopsy results, too; so Misty will still, hopefully, know what happened to her child one day.

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  4. My children and or myself because of the lies you and her as well as others spread... feed the beast and soon the monster will show its face .. understand a lie is a lie no matter how you twist it .. when a baby dies of SIDs whos at blame?? It was tragic but the only thing done wrong is the lies that are spread by people who have opinions after knowing one side of a story ... please understand all I want is for Misty to find peace and for Caleb to R.I.P for them as well as for my own soul ...

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    1. SIDS was ruled out. Was there another tragic loss in your life that same week?

      What beast? The Truth? And yes.....I can see clearly that you want Misty to find peace. If she finds peace, she'll shut up about all this, and it will get swept under the rug and go away faster and more quietly. For reasons you have not clearly conveyed, this is obviously what you want. with sobriety comes care and responsibility for one's children, and Misty is not going to be an exception. No one is going to harm you. How long has it been since this happened?

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  5. Why the hell was in infant sleeping in a dog bed?

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    1. That's what quite a few of us would like to know. Yet....no answers.

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    2. Sounds like good old Russell should do a little more explaining, and a little less trying to intimidate a grieving mother.

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  6. If Rusell and Tara could just admit that they were wrong for the way they were living their lives and conducting their daycare, things would be a whole lot better. Russell is merely picking at the truth, trying to discredit it. He is not saying he is wrong for anything. But that's the sad truth about this world: everyone is selfish and no one takes responsibility for their actions.

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    1. I understand you, but I think Russell may be doing more than just picking t the truth. I think he's stomping on it. I also dare to hope that not everyone is inherently selfish, and that a few people may exist who take responsibility for their actions.

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