The tragic story of the death of 4-month old Clara Felton, who died of an overdose of Benadryl while in the custody of her babysitter, has shocked parents across central Texas.
The babysitter, Marian Fraser, ran a home daycare and could, under Texas law, watch up to 12 children in her home as part of her business. But as the Felton family attorney told me, there is no requirement in Texas that a babysitter running a home daycare business actually has to have insurance.
The result? There's probably no financial or civil recourse for the Felton's to hold this woman in some way accountable for the death of their daughter.
Here's my interview with attorney Zollie Steakley that every parent in Texas should listen to. And then an email I received from another local daycare business that's even more troubling.
I run a licensed home daycare in Waco and never once have I even been asked about insurance. Granted, I did just receive my full permit to operate, but it was never even mentioned. I am now looking into a daycare liability insurance because of this case. I want to have the added protection for my families, because now more than ever they need to know that their children are safe and that I care enough to take that step. This woman should be ashamed of herself. Thank you for keeping attention on what really matters in this case, and that is honoring that sweet baby Clara. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Felton Family everyday. Bravo for bringing attention to what needs to be done!