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06/21/05

Child Injured in Unlicensed Daycare

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Seventeen little kids in one house. Savannah-Chatham police says Alicia Telfair operated her unlicensed daycare out of her Countryside Drive home in Savannah.

Aquikah Wallace had been taking her two-year-old daughter there for the last four months. "I've never had any problems with her," she told us. "She's a very nice provider. She provides them with food, lunch. I mean, she's very good with kids."

Wallace assumed the daycare was legitimate. "It bothers me know to know that she's not licensed, cause all the time I thought she was licensed."

She also thought it was safe until this morning, when police say the children were playing around and one of them knocked a 19-inch television off of a small stand, and it fell onto the back of the head of one-year-old Travis Scott. He was critically injured and near death when police arrived.

"I just wanted to make sure that baby was okay," said Cpl. Patrick Goodberry, the responding officer.

He says Travis was laying on a dining room table when he arrived. "It seemed to be that he was drowning in his own fluid, so I turned him on his side, and he coughed up a little bit and he started breathing correctly."

"It kind of scares me a little bit, cause there's no telling what the little kids were doing," said Wallace. "What happened with the kids, where was she when this happened? It could have been anyone's child, it could have been my daughter."

The daycare is closed for now. Wallace hopes it's closed for good.

The Department of Family and Children Services was on the scene this morning as families picked up their children. Charges could be pending the outcome of the investigation.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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