Baby suffers brain trauma in day care, police say; days later, owner kills herself
In the days after a 3-month-old boy was removed from a Monroe County day care with "significant brain trauma," the facility's owner died from a self-inflicted injury, Michigan State Police said.
On Tuesday, the baby was transported from the Live, Laugh & Learn Daycare in Monroe Township to ProMedica Children's Hospital in Toledo. The day care is on the 14900 block of South Dixie Highway. The day care was approved to handle up to six children.
The boy was unresponsive and doctors say he had "sustained significant brain trauma" while in the care of the daycare owner, Jamie VanSlambrouck.
State police initiated a child abuse investigation. On Thursday, the owner was found dead in LaSalle Township. Her wounds were self-inflicted, police say.
Police continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information to call Detective Michael Peterson at the Monroe Post at (734) 242-3500.
The facility had faced scrutiny before, state records show.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs last April demanded a “corrective action plan” within 15 days due to one or more rule violations, according to a letter authorities sent the owner. It listed the violations as several child information cards not being completely filled out and “the garage area has areas of peeling paint and is within close proximity of children’s play area.”
Pardeep Toor, a LARA spokesman, said Tuesday that the facility had submitted a corrective action plan for the two rule violations, which LARA approved.
In 2015, the department noted several violations during an inspection at the property, including not having enough smoke detectors and only one fire extinguisher, according to a letter authorities sent to VanSlambrouck that July.
The document indicated she provided an acceptable written correction action plan.
In December 2018, she posted on the day care’s Facebook page that her program, which according to the page launched in 2010, had become a five-star "program." It was unclear where she received the rating from.
“I’ve worked so hard to earn this rating and will continue to give my kids the best care they can receive!” she wrote alongside a video that showed her holding a paper and dancing with several children.
The page featured multiple pictures of VanSlambrouck with youngsters, including dressed up for Halloween and visiting Indian Creek Zoo last year.
One of her last posts showed the owner smiling while holding a baby boy after he "enjoyed his first day," she wrote. “Wish I got the kissy face memo though."
According to her Facebook page, VanSlambrouck graduated from Monroe High School in 2008 and studied early childhood education at Monroe County Community College.
She graduated from the University of Toledo in 2013 and would have turned 29 next month, according to an obituary on the Rupp Funeral Home website.
VanSlambrouck later opened another business, VanSlam's Unique Creations, and enjoyed woodworking, crafting and knitting, according to the obituary.
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday.
Relatives could not be reached for comment Monday.
Detroit News Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed to this report.