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A woman who identified herself as an owner of Busy B's Day Care Center said Thursday an empty cubby fell off a wall and hit the 6-year-old boy.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
It was a hanging “cubby” that fell from a wall and hit a child at a Dublin day care facility earlier this week, according to a woman who identified herself as an owner of the facility on Thursday.
The 6-year-old boy was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital on Tuesday morning after the incident occurred at Busy B’s Day Care Center on Lee Highway, Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said that day.
The woman who identified herself as an owner declined to give her name. She said there were two hanging cubbies in the area, and one fell. There were no items inside the cubby that fell, she said.
Davis has said that emergency medical personnel and sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene on Tuesday and took the child to LewisGale Hospital Pulaski about 8 a.m. The child was pronounced dead shortly after 9 a.m., Davis said.
The boy was a student at Pulaski Elementary School and attended the child care center before the start of the school day, according to Davis.
The boy had attended Busy B’s for “as long as I can remember,” said the woman who identified herself as an owner.
The cubbies, which have been at the facility for years, have never fallen before, she said.
The woman declined to answer other questions, citing the ongoing investigation. She would not comment on how many people were in the room when the cubby fell or on the size of the object .
The day care center, which looks after children ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years old, has been open for 13 years, the woman said. She said she has been an owner the entire time but said there are other owners, too.
Busy B’s was closed Wednesday following the incident but reopened Thursday, she said.
“We have had an overabundance of support from the parents at the center, from the community, from the local churches,” she said. “We have just had an overabundance of support.”
The Virginia Department of Social Services has inspected the center, as part of its scheduled reviews, 10 times since 2008, according to online records. Once it inspected Busy B’s following a complaint about staffing levels. The department has listed a number of violations in the reports, including for staffing and potential safety hazards. The most recent inspection in February resulted in no violations and Busy B’s license is up to date.
Julian Kimbrough, who performed all 11 inspections for the state, noted in the February report that previous violations had been corrected.
When reached this week, Kimbrough referred questions to the spokesperson for the state Social Services Department.
As of Thursday evening, the department had not responded to several questions from The Roanoke Times.
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