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Forum Communications, Published September 10 2012

South Dakota parents file suit over day care death

MITCHELL, S.D. — The parents of a 3-month-old infant who died after allegedly being attacked by another child at an in-home day care in rural Mitchell are suing the day care’s owner.

Amy Ruml and Donald Howard, the parents of the late Brooklyn Howard, filed a lawsuit Aug. 31 against Lacey Marie Tebay. Brooklyn died June 19 while she was at a day care Tebay operated at her home.

Ruml and Howard claim Tebay failed to properly care for Brooklyn, left her alone in a room with as many as seven other children and then ignored her cries when one of those other children, a 5-year-old, allegedly attacked her.

Ruml and Howard are requesting a jury trial to determine what damages they may be owed by Tebay as a result of the incident, and have also asked to be reimbursed for the cost of the lawsuit.