Day care center liable for placing crockpot of water close to infant's high chair

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Recent Cases: Day Care

November/December 2010, Volume 25, No. 6

Day care center liable for placing crockpot of water close to infant's high chair 

Crooks v. Fam. Living Child Care Ctr., Wis., Brown Co. Cir., No. 08-CV-607, Nov. 16, 2009.

Kyla Crooks, 1, was sitting in a high chair situated next to a crockpot of water that was used to warm bottles at her day care center. Kyla pulled the crockpot’s cord, causing the water to spill all over her body. As a result, she suffered second- and third-degree burns to her neck, left arm, and upper torso. She underwent debridements, skin grafting, and plastic surgery, and now has permanent scarring.

Kyla’s mother sued the day care center, alleging it negligently placed the crockpot in close proximity to children, in violation of the state’s Safe-Place law, Wis. Stat.§ 101.11.

The parties settled for about $653,000.

The plaintiff’s expert witnesses in this case included John N. Jensen, plastic surgery, Andrea L. Winthrop, pediatric surgery, and Brad Grunert, economics, all of Milwaukee, Wis.

Plaintiff’s Counsel

Ralph J. Tease Jr., Green Bay, Wis.


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