Shelley and Steve Blecha from Missouri did what many parents do when looking for child care. They asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations. They selected a provider for their first-born son. When their second son was born, it made sense to keep the children together. Nathan Blecha was 3 months old when the provider placed him on his stomach to sleep in a portable crib. She hadn’t turned on the light as there were other infants in the room already asleep. The sheet had slipped off the crib pad and Nathan asphyxiated on the plastic. It turns out that there were too many children in her care the day that Nathan died.
Training could have made a difference. Licensing could have made a difference. Regular inspections could have made a difference. Hear the Blecha’s story.