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Derby day care home’s license suspended

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.

The state has suspended a Derby day care home’s license after inspectors responding to a complaint found several potential dangers at the home.

An emergency order by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment identified the provider as Country Cottage Daycare, a licensed day care home operated by Heather Post at 9550 S. Bluff in Derby.

Post could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The order says that on Tuesday a survey was conducted of Post’s day care home in response to a complaint. During the visit, Post “had slurred speech, her hands were shaking, and she had difficulty answering questions,” the order says.

Post admitted to drinking alcohol and taking a Xanax pill – an anti-anxiety medication – without a prescription the night before the survey, the order says. Also, there were “weapons, tobacco products and hazardous chemicals accessible to children.”

The order added that a man prohibited from working or living in a day care home was asleep in a bedroom. Two children were in the home during the survey; the order did not give the children’s ages.

State law allows the KDHE to issue an emergency order when it is “necessary to protect children in the home from any potential threat to health or safety.” The emergency order of suspension remains in effect until the state issues an order rescinding it.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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