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Mother Sues Daycare For Wrongful Death After Son Hangs Himself

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Amareon Williams

An Indiana mother is suing a Michigan City daycare in a wrongful death lawsuit after her 5-year-old son was found hanging from a jump rope at school. The boy passed away from his wounds and his mother wants answers.

The tragic incident took place at Tricia’s Playhouse daycare center on June 9. Amareon Williams got tangled in a jump rope after being left unsupervised for an unclear amount of time.

“I just hurt for my baby. I hurt for him so bad, because Amareon was a special kid,” the boy’s mother, Anita Laflore,¬†told NBC Chicago. “I just wish I could have protected him. I wish that I could have been there. I wish I could have saved him because he’s gone now. He didn’t deserve that.”

The lawsuit notes that the facility had gotten several warnings from the state, many of which the facility ignored. Despite several warnings being ignored, the daycare remained open for business, putting children’s lives at risk.

“Six weeks prior to this tragedy, six serious violations were found which caused the state to put them on probation,” attorney Mark Novak said. “This is an unspeakable tragedy. This is a tragedy that never should have happened.”

Laflore dropped her son off at the daycare not knowing that his first day there would also be his last day alive. She says her son graduated at the top of his kindergarten class and his life was cut short by sending him to an unsafe facility.The mother urges parents to be cautious about the daycare they are leaving their children in the care of.

“Amareon was a loving kid, Amareon was a happy kid. Amareon was a special kid, and at the end of the day, I just want justice for Amereon,” Laflore said.

The police investigation of Tricia’s Playhouse is expected to be complete this week and the mother is also considering filing suit against the state of Indiana as well, according to Novak.


(Photo Credit: NBC Chicago)