Memphis daycare voluntarily surrenders license after 1-year-old dies in hot car

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A North Memphis daycare center has voluntarily surrendered its license after a 1-year-old boy died after being left in a hot car.

The child died after being left in a hot car by a staff member at Education is the Key Childcare on Thomas Street.

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He was rushed to Le Bonheur in critical condition after being found but did not survive.

Memphis Police said two people were detained following the incident, but no charges will be filed at this time.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services released the following statement to FOX13 News:

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is aware of the incident involving Education is the Key Children’s Learning Center. We are saddened and our thoughts go out to the family during this difficult time.

The TDHS Child Care Licensing Team immediately launched an investigation of the situation and is partnering with others to further investigate as needed. The child care agency was authorized for transportation of children through use of pre-approved vehicles. Our investigation has confirmed that although the person involved in the situation was approved to transport, the specific vehicle involved was not.

The provider was first licensed in February 2017 and had received no violations since opening. As of May 23, 2022 the agency has surrendered its child care license and is now closed.

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