Daycare accident raises safety concerns

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

ATOKA, OK - Safety at child care facilities is always a top concern for parents, authorities and care takers as well. But an accident at a daycare in Atoka leaves a three-year-old badly hurt and raises some serious questions about safety.

Traydon Goff could have permanent muscle damage and a large scar on his forehead after a shelf fell on top of him while he was at Children's Center in Atoka last Thursday.

"No parent should go through this, and it's not fair that you take your kid somewhere and you get a phone call saying that they need to be medi-flighted,” said Traydon’s mother, Lyndsi Goff.

It happened when Traydon was grabbing onto a shelf that’s at least four feet tall. The shelf fell over on top of him, leaving a large gash on his forehead. Caretakers called 9-1-1 and he was taken to a local hospital and then flown to Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City.

"Whenever they were re-stitching everything back together they said that his expression muscle was severed and so he won't ever be able to make expressions,” said Goff.

Traydon received 40 stitches and will need more plastic surgery in about a year. Goff said doctors tried to repair the nerve damage in his forehead but were unable to.

"I just hope that through all this that no other kids get hurt and that he pulls out of this just fine, because it's not fair to him that he's going to have a scar for the rest of his life,” said Goff.

But she believes the shelf should have never been loose from the wall in the first place because it is a safety hazard to children.

"It shouldn’t take something like this to happen to nail a five foot shelf to a wall,” said Goff.

Atoka Police did conduct an incident report on Friday morning. But now the case is in the hands of Oklahoma DHS.

"And that's probably going to be something looked at, whether there was security in place for that child,” said Atoka Police Officer J.D. Mixson.

The daycare's owner, Glenda Day, said she's never had an accident like this one for the 30 years she's run a daycare. Day is working with DHS and even provided them the surveillance video of the accident.

Children's Center did pass all DHS inspections in the past year and a half, including the most recent inspection on May 26, 2010.

"If the shelf's been loose for years, for 6 years I think, and they passed every inspection and a three year old is able to touch a door and it fall down on them, somebody's not inspecting the right parts,” said Goff.

DHS went to Children’s Center last Friday and said they are still investigating the accident, including looking into whether they missed any compliance issues in the past. As of Tuesday, DHS representatives said it appears to be an accident.

In 2008, Oklahoma passed a law requiring child care facilities that don't have insurance to notify DHS and have parents sign a release form. Children's Center is insured with Arnett Insurance Agency out of Durant and they will be taking care of all medical costs.

DHS also has a database on their website of all licensed child care facilities in the state, with information on past inspections and any non-compliance reports.

Click here to read the Children's Center DHS report


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  • by HERE Location: GONE on Aug 23, 2010 at 03:19 AM
    YES THE SHELF SHOULD HAVE BEEN BOLTED BUT THEN AGAIN IF THE STATE THINKS ITS SAFE AND SHE PAST THE INSPECTION AND IT WASNT BROUGHT UP IN THE INSPECTION THEN ITS THE STATES FAULT FOR ONE AND IN ATOKA YOU CAN SAY YOUR DIEING AND IT WILL TAKE THEM 30 MINUTES TO GET TO YOU AND YOU CAN BE ACROSS THE STREET SO EVERYONE NEEDS TO EASE UP ON THE DAYCARE LADY IF SHE HAS BEEN OPEN FOR 30 YEARS SHE IS DOING SOMETHING RIGHT AND THE STATE IS SLACKING ON INSPECTIONS
  • by missy Location: usa on Aug 4, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    hey there cc you need to get a life
  • by Anne on Aug 3, 2010 at 03:19 PM
    I agree that this is an awful thing to have happened and that the daycare should be held responsible but so should the DHS they failed that child to by not insuring that the shelf was bolted and who knows what else they have overlooked. I also think that DHS should not be warning these facilities when an inspection is due they should just show up. Why give anyone a chance to doctor up what is inadequate and unsafe just so they can turn around a revert to how it was for a few more months. The little one will have to live with this all his life not to mention the financial aspect of all the surgeries. I just wish there was something I could do besides hope and pray for a speedy, safe and as pain free as possible recovery.
  • by person Location: place on Aug 3, 2010 at 02:55 AM
    I think it's amazing how many people feel the need to comment about something they were not there to see. This family went through a nightmare the day that this baby was hurt, but as with all things, time heals. He is an adorable boy who already looks to be doing just fine, minus the stitches. The emotions are high right now, as they should be. The day care must also be devastated. The owner has been in the business for 30 years, has fostered children for nearly 15 years who's own parents neglected them, and she teaches children taekwondo. If she were a negligent care taker, then this accident would have happened 25 years ago. Someone who devotes their life to helping children does not deserve the cruelty and slander she has received from people who do not know what happened. If the surveillance showed her to be at fault, then she would not be open; remember that. I wish the child the best future, healing for the family, and for this nightmare to be over for both parties involved.
  • by amused by idiots Location: atoka on Aug 1, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    You're right accidents do happen and it is the parents obligation to teach their children safety. However at three years of age that child is still a baby and obviously requires the supervison of an adult.That is why the child care facility assumes the responsibility to watch the children. This child wasn't climbing or doing anything he wasnt supposed to be doing, unless you are insinuating that standing on his own two legs in front of an unsecured shelf puts him at fault. You will be a parent soon, Sept correct? Perhaps you would see things differently if something were to happen during birth that left a huge bleeding gaping wound on your infant that required medical attention for the rest of her life? I love that statement, what goes around comes around, just never know when, kinda makes one think. Oh and you should check into childcare for your new little one at this facility, I hear they have openings.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    USED to be, parents would take care of their own children and not pawn them off on somebody else and then try and blame them when things go wrong.
  • by trays aunt on Jul 30, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    hey john if u so bad put ur address and for ur info i am having brain problems and i have custody of my kids they are home every day and nite so ur source of info needs to get their facts rite
  • by Kendra Teague Location: Durant on Jul 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    It's amazing that all you ignorant people sit here and judge someone and their integrity when you have no idea what happened. Have you seen the video? Also the comments on how long it took the ambulance to get there.. sorry to say but your wrong again multiple calls were made to 911 in Atoka seconds after the accident took place. Im sorry but in my opinion people need to teach their kids that not everything within their reach is a toy or a jungle gym. I do feel sorry for the boy and wish him and his family the best with all of what happened but accidents do happen and if anyone knew what actually happened and saw what happened they would stop the arrogance.
  • by Helen Havens Location: Vernonia, Oregon on Jul 30, 2010 at 12:10 AM
    What is wrong with you people?! An ACCIDENT is NOT preventable! This incident WAS PREVENTABLE. The shelves are supposed to be bolted to the wall or the floors. Maybe you idiots should enlarge the picture and see this kid's skull showing through. You can't, with good conscience, categorize his wound as "kids fall and get scrapes all the time...". Also, if you can't read, please don't try to post a comment or respond to other people's comments as it makes you look like an even more ignorant fool. Also, get off the ex-daycare worker's backs. They can only report what went on there, they can't force the authorities to take action. How many times do they have to say that the Daycare is given notice before an inspection before you stop coming down on them? I've seen the head of the Daycare's post about this on her social network. I'm appalled at the her unprofessionalism and carelessness of her comments. She doesn't sound like a business woman, she sounds like a drunken hillbilly.
  • by Rhonda Location: Atoka on Jul 29, 2010 at 06:19 PM
    Why dont all of you who want to place judgement on this family put your real names and addresses? That way if or when something like this happened to your child or grandchild we could see if your as good then as you are now and so much better. Im sure most of your would be because I am sure YOUR sithuations are always different than everyone elses. I am sure myself along with a few others would love to be there the day that karma comes by and knocks you off your hi horses. It will happen and your pride will be hurt. I feel so sorry for your children. Any parent who cant understant what Tray has been thru and will continue to go thru in later years isnt a very loving parent because to see a little child hurt this bad breaks my heart. It saddens me to think that people are making excuses for this daycare.
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