Lawsuit likely to be filed against day care

2014-06-13T20:15:00Z 2014-06-13T23:13:36Z Lawsuit likely to be filed against day careLeann Burke Leann.Burke@nwi.com nwitimes.com
June 13, 2014 8:15 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | The mother of a boy who accidentally hanged himself at Tricia's Playhouse day care in Michigan City has hired a law firm to look into the tragedy. 

"It's hard for me to imagine a clearer case of negligence," said Mark Novak, managing partner at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak and Kohen Ltd, of Chicago. 

Anita Leflore hired the law firm after her son, Amareon Williams, 5, died of asphyxiation after getting caught in a jump rope. 

Novak said the firm plans to file a wrongful death suit in the LaPorte County on Monday or Tuesday.

"Obviously, if there had been adult supervision, this tragedy would have been avoided," Novak said. 

Williams was playing outside with some other children when he got caught in a jump rope slung over a play set, officials said. The day care workers were inside caring for babies at the time of the incident, but periodically checked on the children outside.

Novak said he does not think his firm has found any new information during the investigation.

Novak has been handling personal injury and wrongful death cases for 35 years. 

"I cannot think of another case that has affected me so personally," Novak said.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration found that Tricia's Playhouse was "in violation of supervision regulations," according to the Associated Press. The day care was already on probation after an April 21 inspection.

Neither a representative from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration nor from Tricia's Playhouse could be reached for comment Friday. 

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