Daycare is shut down following toddler's death

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A Floyd County daycare is shut down as an investigation continues into a toddler's death.

The State Inspector General closed the Dinosaur Playland Daycare in Prestonsburg. The order claims workers did not report to authorities suspicious injuries to two year old Watson Adkins, who died on September 30th from alleged child abuse.

The emergency license suspension from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services states the daycare workers noticed injuries to the toddler and his siblings days before his death and accuses the employees of doing nothing about it.

The emergency suspension order states on September 26th, workers found an injury on the back of the toddler's head and it appeared sutures were removed.

Two separate staff members allegedly asked the guardian about the injury and got different answers.

State officials say the staff members should have reported the information to police or other authorities.

The report claims the staff also noticed red scabs on the four year old sibling and did not report it.

Officials say two days later on September 28th, the daycare staff noticed bruising under the chin on the five year old sibling, The report says the child told workers, "my uncle hurts me" and begged the staff member to go home with her.

State officials say this incident was also not reported to authorities.

Two year old Watson Adkins died days later.

The children's guardians, their uncle and aunt Jason and Gladys Dickerson are now in jail, charged with criminal abuse.

Officials with the daycare center tell WYMT the toddler was only at the daycare for two days, and workers did give the information to authorities during the death investigation.

Director Alice Karen Martin told the Floyd County Times that they did nothing wrong.

WYMT tried to reach Martin for comment but was unsuccessful. Her attorneys plan to release a statement later.

State officials say the daycare was closed because "an immediate threat exists regarding health, safety, and welfare of the children in the care of the licensed child care center.

Workers at the daycare have 20 days appeal the suspension.

Officials with Cabinet for Health and Family Services say their investigation into the daycare and child's death are still ongoing and could take several months.

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