Day Care Owner Arrested After Toddler Seriously Injured By Lawn Mower

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Kansas home day care owner was arrested this week after a toddler was seriously injured by a lawn mower.

The 18-month-old girl was one of five children under the care of Toytown Daycare in Wichita.

Police responded to a call shortly after 9:00 a.m. Thursday after a child had suffered a “traumatic leg injury.” She was rushed to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis. Police say the leg may need to be amputated below the knee.

The day care’s license was suspended shortly after the incident.

A neighbor who lived behind the daycare described what she heard at the time of the accident. Gilsy Gilbert says she was on her deck while a woman who owns the day care was allegedly outside mowing.

"Then there was a pop from the mower and then a baby cried," said Gilbert. "And then she's carrying the baby, but there was no more crying and she was saying, 'Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!'"

Christina Hunt, 39, was using the lawnmower at the time of the incident, Lt. Chris Bannister told KWCH.

Hunt was arrested around 5 p.m. Thursday and charged with aggravated child endangerment.

Police say they are continuing their investigation while collaborating with the Department of Children and Families and the Wichita Exploited & Missing Child Unit.

Sources: KWCH, KAKE

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