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An initial investigation revealed a loop of twine from playground equipment could be the culprit in the death of the toddler on Tuesday at a residential daycare.

Credit: Patch file
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UPDATE at 4:55 p.m.: The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has issued and Order for Intended Emergency Closure of a Family Day Care Home for Ms. Janna's Daycare, the Alpharetta daycare where a three-year-old child died Tuesday morning.

Reg Griffin, spokesperson with DECAL, said these orders are used by the agency when there's been a death of a child "that was not medically anticipated." 

"In this incident, DECAL found serious rule violations contributed to the death of a child," he said in a prepared statement.

Parents impacted by this situation can connect with child care resources at www.allgakids.org or by calling the toll-free number 1-877-ALL GA KIDS.

Griffin said the daycare, owned and operated by Janna B. Thompson, has not had any issues with following state regulations before Tuesday's incident. The business is run out of a home located at 145 Shady Grove Lane in Alpharetta.

The facility has been in business for over 20 years, according to its website


The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety is investigating the death of a toddler at a local daycare.

The agency's police and fire units were dispatched to a home around 9:54 a.m. Tuesday, July 8 on Shady Grove Lane, which is a licensed daycare provider, the department said in a press release. 

Upon arrival, Alpharetta firefighters observed an adult woman performing CPR on the three-year-old child in the yard. Firefighters took over and started "emergency lifesaving procedures," added department spokesperson George Gordon.

The child has been identified as Thomas Stephens of Roswell, according to WSBTV.

An initial investigation revealed "a loop of twine found on a piece of playground equipment" as a possible contributing factor in the child's death, Gordon added.  

The investigation of the case remains open.

Stay with Patch for updates.


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