NEW DETAILS: Infant Found With Pacifier Taped To Mouth

By: Stephen McLamb Email
By: Stephen McLamb Email

Jefferson County (WVLT) -- It was a startling find by Department of Human Service caseworkers Tuesday at Noah's Ark Daycare in Jefferson City.

Acting on a tip, they went into the daycare center around 2:00 PM.

That's where they found an infant in a dark room with a pacifier taped to his mouth with packing tape.

The DHS workers immediately called 911.

DHS Worker: "The, um, evaluator that's with me went to the back to investigate. A child has tape on it's mouth with a pacifier shoved inside of it."

State officials say they found the infant with two crisscross pieces of packing tape across it's mouth.

DHS Worker: "We're staying outside because we're a little upset."
Dispatcher: "Ok."
DHS Worker: "And we're afraid we might say something we might regret!"

Area police and children's service officials were all called to the scene to begin an investigation and DHS officials say they suspended the daycare's license.

"It's unbelievably, our staff found an infant, four months old, in a darkened bathroom in a bouncy seat with a pacifier taped to his mouth," said Michelle Mowery Johnson, Director of Communications for DHS. "It's just incredible that this is going on that is was going on."

Johnson said the agency had a good three star rating.

But the daycare has had problems in the past.

DHS workers once found a pillow and stuffed animal in a young child's bed, posing a danger for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

"We were told by the agency they knew all about SIDS," Johnson said. "There had actually been a child that died there from SIDS two years ago."

We attempted to talk with the owner of the daycare, identified by the Associated Press as Kim Trentham, but no one came to the door.

You can read the DHS Suspension Order by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

If you are a parent of a child in this daycare, or if your children or grandchildren have ever attended this daycare, we want to hear from you.

E-mail Stephen McLamb by clicking on his e-mail at the top of the page, or at

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  • by Heather Location: Jefferson City on Sep 28, 2007 at 02:17 PM
    The mother of the child is just a junior in high school. She doesn't understand just how dangerous the situation was her child was put into.
  • by Chris Location: home on Sep 28, 2007 at 05:57 AM
    The best child care provider, of course is the parent, in the home. If that is impossible, then carefully checking out the child care offered is a top priority for any parent. Visiting the facility at unexpected times checking with other parents, and of course be ever watchful of your child for signs of any kind of abuse. Kids are so special- so we need to treat them as a precious gift.
  • by Sandra Location: Greene County on Sep 27, 2007 at 08:17 PM
    This makes me VERY thankful for the great childcare I've had for the past 10 years
  • by melissa Location: briceville on Sep 27, 2007 at 07:54 PM
    If this had been my child, I would have been highly upset!!!!! I would not have my freedom today. How can anyone call themselves human and do something as horrible as this? I just don't understand how someone could have let this happen.
  • by Kelli Location: Talbott on Sep 27, 2007 at 05:14 PM
    Is this mother for real?? I just saw the broadcast, How could this childs mother be so calm and say that she mad at the person who did it, not the facility?? Im a mother of 2 boys and if it would have been my child, i would be in jail and never be let out.. If it doesnt upset her, what would?? does she really need to be able to have her child if that doesnt??
  • by Sharon Location: Jefferson Co, TN on Sep 27, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    This makes me sick. I would've ended up in jail myself if it was my child.
  • by Robert Location: Pigeon Forge on Sep 27, 2007 at 11:31 AM
    If I had discovered this, they better hope the Police gets there very fast. Stiff sentence and revoking the license at the least.


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