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UPDATE: Athens daycare making changes after death of 5-year-old

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UPDATE: Channel 3 is learning more about a local daycare facility that was caring for a 5-year-old boy when a television fell and killed him. The daycare reopened on Monday after voluntarily closing down for two days last week.

At Kiddie Korner in Athens, there's a memorial outside to honor 5-year-old Tucker Crane.

"It's a very sad situation, but it has been very positive also. The community, the family, working with Misty, has just been very uplifting. It shows you what a wonderful community we're in," Bambi Lambert, the daycare's director said.

Administrators like Lambert said they've made several changes after that tragic day. That includes bolting everything.

"This will probably be the safest daycare around for the next several years. We have gone above and beyond and just made sure and done walk through and been here after hours, before hours, just making sure it's safe and it was safe then," Lambert said.

Channel 3 obtained state records that show 8 violations since 2011 including one where a staff member's purse was hanging on a classroom hook in a classroom of two and a half and three year old's. 

"Any director knows that your heart and soul goes into a center and they're devastated anytime any violation happens, big or small," Lambert said.

Each violation has been corrected. Channel 3 wanted to know how common violations are at other centers and of the 9 centers we checked in that county, about half received at least one violation.

Kiddie Korner also has three stars in their star quality rating, which is the highest a center can get.

"Anything that could be bolted down from a small shelf to a large shelf, we did, not because we were asked to, but, God forbid, we never thought something like this would happen in the first place," Melissa Duff, the daycare's owner said.

Duff said counselors were available for the kids and staff.

"We just hope with this tragedy that all across Tennessee that hopefully this will keep something like this from happening again," Duff said.

Kiddie Korner in Athens along with their other locations have removed all older style TV's.

The violations Channel 3 referenced can be viewed with some details on the state's website.

Log on to: http://tn.gov/humanservices/article/find-child-care

Then select "Click here to search by county"

Find your child care center.

Click "compliance history."


PREVIOUS STORY: Athens Police are investigating the death of a five year-old boy following an incident at a daycare.

According to police reports obtained by Channel 3, first responders were called to the Kiddie Korner Daycare on Ohio Street on Wednesday on reports of a child suffering from a nose bleed.

The child was taken to Starr Regional Medical Center where it was discovered he had severe injuries.

Daycare employees told officers the child climbed on a television stand, causing it to overturn on top of the child. An adult and approximately eight other children were present when the incident occurred. The adult told officers she was talking to a parent when the child climbed on the television stand, which had a television strapped on it.

The child later died at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

No charges have been filed in the case and the child’s name has not yet been released. The case is under investigation by the Athens Police Department, the district attorney’s office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

A post of the daycare's Facebook page expresses sympathy for the family and notes the facility will be temporarily closed Thursday and Friday.

Grief counseling will be offered to anyone needed

Stay with Channel 3 for more on this developing story. 

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