KARK reports that four staff members at the Ascent Children’s Health Services in West Memphis have been fired as a result of the death of a five-year-old left all day in a van.
Republican State Rep. Dan Sullivan of Jonesboro, CEO of the agency, which provides serves for children with disabilities, said employees had failed to follow protocol for ensuring
Sullivan has not returned my requests for comment, including on another development. The closure this week is not related to the van death, but to a shigella outbreak. The bacteria causes diarrhea and apparently has been reported in several places in East Arkansas, including several at Ascent Daycare. A letter provided by DHS indicated the Ascent management had decided to close the facility until Monday to sanitize the facility and prevent the spread of the bacteria to other children. The letter, sent to parents, urges them not to take their children to other daycare centers in the interim.
I’ve put further questions to DHS and the State Department of Health about when the