A joint motion to appoint an attorney ad litem was recently granted in a suit against a local daycare.
As previously reported, Meltasha Moore, on behalf of her minor child, filed suit against Carolyn Quibideaux, owner of Kids Safari, on May 24, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the daycare left her child unattended in a van.
The joint motion was filed April 5 and requested that the court appoint an attorney ad litem to represent Jacobs in order to assist in the settlement of the case.
Four days later, Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, granted the motion, court papers say.
However, the order does not state who will be serving as attorney ad litem.
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.
Case No. D190-095