Couple Settles for $1M in North Carolina Daycare Tragedy

December 18, 2013

Court records say a Catawba County couple has received a $1 million settlement from a Mooresville daycare after their infant son stopped breathing and suffered brain damage.

The Charlotte Observer reported that a lawsuit says the 4-month-old son of Richard Washam and JoBina Sawyer was placed on his stomach by a daycare worker on June 26, 2012. According to the lawsuit, it was two minutes later when another worker noticed that the infant wasn’t breathing.

The suit contended the daycare failed to properly monitor the baby and that workers should have known his airway was blocked with vomit.

Court records also say the settlement money was placed in a trust to cover the boy’s care and education until he is 18.

A judge approved the settlement on Oct. 1.

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