A 44 year old Tampa, Florida day care worker was arrested following the death of a 5 month old infant. The infant was under the care of Tina Toney Lark when he was found dead. According to officials, the 5 month old was found to have ingested large quantities of an anti-histamine. Police officials found over the counter sleeping pills that contained the same anti-histamine in the home of Lark. The drug was found stored in a basket containing an infant’s pacifier. Lark could face the charge of aggravated manslaughter of a minor.
When choosing a day care, make sure it is licensed and insured. There are many rules and regulations required in order to be a licensed day care center or day care provider. Parents can check with the state regulating agency to verify a day care license. In the state of Florida, the Department of Children and Family is the agency in charge of regulating day care licenses. The department has strict rules regarding the storage of medications. Parents have the right to question day care centers and providers regarding their method for storing and administering medication to children in their care. For more information see, Tampa Day Care Worker Faces Criminal Charges for Death of 5 Month Old Boy- Aggravated Manslaughter.