State shuts down daycare after 3-year-old's death

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is ordering an Alpharetta daycare owner to shut her doors after the death of a 3-year-old boy in her care.

According to Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesperson George Gordon, police and fire crews were dispatched to Ms. Janna's Home Child Care, a licensed residential daycare provider on Shady Grove Lane, at around 9:54 a.m. on July 8.

Firefighters saw a woman performing CPR on a child in the yard. Firefighters took over, but the child passed away.

An investigation found Thomas Stephens, 3, of Roswell accidentally hanged himself on a loop of twine found tied to the top of the slide on a swing set.

DECAL said it found "serious rule violations" that contributed to the child's death.

The agency also said the daycare, owned by Janna V. Thompson, is licensed to care for up to six children, but she may have had more children than that at the home.

Thompson has 48 business hours to appeal DECAL's order to close. If she does not, the daycare will have to close by Monday at 2 p.m.


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