Plaintiff amends petition after misnaming daycare defendant

David Yates Jul. 13, 2011, 9:26am

A plaintiff has amended her petition after incorrectly identifying the daycare the Kids Safari as Safari Kids.

As previously reported, Meltasha Moore, on behalf of her minor child, filed suit against Carolyn Quibideaux, owner of Kids Safari, on May 24 in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the daycare left her child unattended in a van.

Quibideaux and her company responded to the lawsuit on June 15, asserting a general denial and pointing out that the company had "mistakenly been named as the Safari Kids."

Five days later, Moore amended her petition, court papers say.

Court records show that on Aug. 31, 2010, a daycare employee left the minor unattended in a van without air conditioning for a half hour.

Moore alleges that once the minor found her way out the van and back into the defendant's facility, "defendant's staff systematically attempted to cover up the incident in a effort to avoid potential consequences.

She also contends her that her daughter now suffers from nightmares where she's locked in a confined space.

The plaintiff is suing for exemplary damages and her daughter's mental anguish the extra costs now needed for her school care.

Beaumont attorney Ryan Gertz represents the plaintiff.

Houston attorney Matt Childs represents the defendants.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, is assigned to the case.

Case No. D190-095

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