Investigators say day care owner waited at least 12 minutes to report unconscious baby

As the investigation into the death of a five month old boy continues the Williamson County Sheriff's Office says day care owner, Holly Harrison, admitted to waiting at least 12 minutes to call 9-1-1 after finding the baby unresponsive.

Investigators also say Harrison was watching double the amount of children she was allowed to supervise at the time of the incident.

A sign on the door of Holly Harrison's house along Serenada Drive in Georgetown now reads "No trespassing. Do not knock or ring bell."

Tuesday a sign read "All About Kids will be closed until further notice."

Newly released court documents reveal what happened at the in-home day care on the morning of January 13th.

Investigators say Harrison told them at 10:30 a.m. she attempted to wake five-month-old Brody Havins from a nap. She says she found him pale, limp and unresponsive. She says she took him to the living room, placed him on the couch and attempted CPR.  She called 9-1-1. Once on the phone with the dispatcher, she says she saw a white infant glove in his mouth. Upon direction from the dispatcher, she removed the glove.

The call to 9-1-1 was registered at 10:31 a.m. After speaking with another caretaker and Harrison's daughter, investigators got another timeline.

Investigators say friend and employee, Brenda Michaels, told them Harrison called her at 10:17 to say Brody was choking.

At 10:21 Harrison's daughter says while in class at Georgetown High School she received a text from her mother saying "Come home right now. 9-1-1."

Michaels got to the home first and says she told Harrison to call 9-1-1.

Harrison admitted to waiting at least 12 minutes and even calling parents of other children before making the emergency call.

Investigators say two days after the incident Harrison deleted phone calls in attempt to deceive them. She was charged with tampering with evidence and injury to a child.

She turned herself into jail and is now out on bond.

According to Tarrant County Medical Examiner Tasha Greenberg, Brody could not have swallowed the infant glove because his epiglottis was not large enough to allow it to pass. Greenberg advised if Brody was choking on his infant glove the glove would have covered his airway and simply removing the glove from his mouth would've allowed him to breathe.

The Department of Family and Protective Services found Harrison to be in illegal operation after a tip in August. That record can be found online because it is a registered care center.

DFPS says the first thing parents can do to protect themselves is chose a licensed or registered care center and research their record online at txchildcaresearch.org.

If your child is already in a care center, do the following:

"Drop in and go visit with your child care provider at various times of the day. We see them when we drop them off. We see them when we pick them up, but stop in at nap time and just kind of see what the environment looks like. We depend greatly on parents to be the eyes for us when We can't be in those child care providers. That's what they can do to protect themselves and make sure we hold care centers accountable," said DFPS Assistant Commissioner For Child Care Licensing Paul Morris.

Last year 28 children died statewide in day cares. 16 occurred in regulated care centers. 12 died in illegal operations.

In 2014, 18 children died. 10 occurred in regulated centers, 8 in illegal operations.

If you feel a caregiver is operating illegally call the DFPS hotline at 1-800-252-5400. You can remain anonymous.
 

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