Child suffers broken bones at family day care

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February 15, 2011

Child suffers broken bones at family day care 

The two-year-old girl’s mother alleged that the day care center’s owner either injured her daughter or allowed her to be injured while she was at the center. The court awarded about $10.71 million, including $5 million in punitive damages. Reid v. Jolly Kids Corner.

Olivia Hollins-Reid, 2, attended Jolly Kids Corner, a licensed family day care center owned and operated by Maureen Jebose. One day, Jebose called Olivia’s mother and told her that Olivia was upset and needed to go home. A subsequent medical exam revealed that Olivia had two fractured arms and a fractured right femur. She required a full-body cast for about eight weeks.

Olivia’s mother, individually and on her behalf, sued Jolly Kids and Jebose, alleging negligence and gross negligence. The plaintiffs claimed that Jebose either injured Olivia or failed to supervise her adequately while she was attending the day care center.

The court awarded about $10.71 million, including $5 million in punitive damages.

Citation: Reid v. Jolly Kids Corner, No. 2008-35497 (Tex., Harris Co. Jud. Dist. Nov. 29, 2010).

Plaintiff counsel: AAJ member David W. Hodges and Don J. Foty, both of Houston.


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