Posted on Feb 27, 2024

Screenshot of CW39 Article Featuring The Button Law FirmHOUSTON, Texas - CW39, a leading news channel in the Greater Houston Area, has recently featured The Button Law Firm's involvement in a critical daycare negligence case involving a wandering incident at a Nacogdoches daycare. This spotlight brings attention to the importance of holding negligent daycares accountable for their actions.

In a heart-wrenching incident, Nacogdoches mother, Lindsay Tompkins, has filed a lawsuit against Stepping Stones Early Learning Center, alleging severe neglect that put her 3-year-old daughter's life at risk. The Button Law Firm is at the forefront, seeking justice for the affected family.

Toddler's Terrifying Journey on Highway Loop 224

In May 2023, Tompkins' daughter was left unattended at Stepping Stones Early Learning Center, eventually wandering over half a mile and ending up in the middle of Highway Loop 224. Good Samaritans intervened, stopping traffic on the high-speed highway and rescuing the toddler, who was found standing between two lanes clutching a Shrek doll.

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Violation of Texas Daycare Laws: Cover-up Attempts Unveiled

The article from CW39 shares that immediately after the incident, Stepping Stones Early Learning Center violated Texas daycare laws by failing to notify law enforcement or the child's mother about the situation. Instead, workers at the center attempted to conceal the incident, falsely claiming that the toddler had left during naptime and was found at the daycare's property edge. Multiple witnesses, including the good Samaritans who rescued the child, exposed this cover-up attempt.

A Texas Mother Shares Her Concerns About Daycare Negligence

In Tompkins' own words, "I lived my worst nightmare when I learned my daughter could have been killed, and no one at Stepping Stones Early Learning Center even noticed she was gone. Almost a year later, I still cannot wrap my head around the pure negligence of Stepping Stones Early Learning Center and its caregivers."

How The Button Law Firm is Working to Advocate for This East Texas Family

The child’s mother, determined to hold the daycare accountable for their negligence, enlisted the legal representation of The Button Law Firm. With extensive experience in handling daycare negligence cases, our team at The Button Law Firm is now seeking justice for the Nacogdoches mother and her child by filing a lawsuit against the daycare.

Texas State Investigation Unearths Alarming Findings

An investigation by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services revealed significant lapses in the daycare's security measures. The report highlighted unlocked main doors and the absence of an alarm system to monitor door openings. Stepping Stones Early Learning Center faced citations for neglectful supervision and failure to prevent the incident. In response, the daycare voluntarily closed its doors in June 2023.

Russell Button Condemns Daycare Negligence

Russell Button of The Button Law Firm expressed his dismay, stating, "What happened to this toddler is one of the most shocking cases of daycare negligence we have seen. Stepping Stones Early Learning Center failed a 3-year-old and her mom. The whole point of childcare is to have someone closely watch your child, and hard-working parents like Ms. Tompkins expect their toddlers to be supervised and protected from any harm."

Seeking Justice for Daycare Negligence: Contact The Button Law Firm

If you or someone you know has a child who has experienced a similar situation of daycare negligence, The Button Law Firm is here to help. Our experienced attorneys are dedicated to advocating for the rights of families affected by such incidents. Contact us today for a consultation and let us stand by your side to pursue justice.

You can reach out to our team 24/7 by calling 281-857-6116 or by filling out the contact form at the bottom of this page. You can also reach out by starting a chat with a member of our team.

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