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Suburbanbushbabe 03-13-2009 11:29 AM

windshield wiper fluid at Ark. day care
 
This dumb-ss needed to lose her license.

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10 drink windshield wiper fluid at Ark. day care

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press Writer Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 2 mins ago
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Ten children drank windshield wiper fluid after a staffer at an Arkansas day care served it from a container mistaken for Kool-Aid and placed in a refrigerator, authorities said Friday.
The day care owner surrendered her state license, meaning she wouldn't be able to take care of children in the future, said Julie Munsell, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services.
Doctors estimate the children, ages 2 to 7, drank about an ounce of the blue fluid late Thursday afternoon before realizing it tasted wrong, said Laura James, a pediatric pharmacologist and toxicologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.
Only one child remained hospitalized Friday morning, after blood samples showed "measurable levels" of methanol, a highly toxic alcohol that can induce comas and cause blindness, officials said. The day care also provided the fluid for testing.
The windshield wiper fluid was bought with several other items on a recent shopping trip, James told The Associated Press. "This product was mistakenly grabbed and thought to be Kool-Aid and put in the refrigerator," she said.
The day care's operator, Carolyn Bynum, was interviewed Friday by child welfare investigators and gave up her license, Munsell said. Bynum declined to comment to the Associated Press.
"She was so upset about what had occurred and she was definitely worried some of the children had been injured," Munsell said. "It was just a mistake, she says. She says it was just a horrible mistake."
Bynum's license had allowed her to care for 10 children in her home in Scott, about 15 miles east of Little Rock. Munsell said Bynum had no found complaints or serious compliance issues in the past.
The toxicologist warned that many antifreeze or windshield wiper solutions have bright colors, which can be mistaken for fruit drinks.
"I think the take-home message is not to have these products in the kitchen or where you're doing any kind of food preparation," she said.
Who would put anti-freeze in the fridge, #1
Why doesn't she have a separate fridge for the daycare #2?

rainshower 03-13-2009 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe (Post 904371)
This dumb-ss needed to lose her license.

Who would put anti-freeze in the fridge, #1
Why doesn't she have a separate fridge for the daycare #2?

#3 what kind of daycare provider serves kool aid to [other people's] children? oh, the kind who thinks it's ok to store toxic chemicals in the fridge. my bad!

Scarlet 03-13-2009 11:36 AM

I hope all the kids fully recover

How can wiper fluid be mistaken for Kool Aid?

rainshower 03-13-2009 11:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Scarlet (Post 904383)
I hope all the kids fully recover

How can wiper fluid be mistaken for Kool Aid?

it's blue and preeeeetty and glows in the dark. cosmic dude. :hippy2:

YolyC 03-13-2009 11:52 AM

umm..How stupid can she be? Couldn't she read washer fluid on the label? If it was closed, she'd have to puncture the aluminum seal. The color of washer fluid is way lighter than that of kool-aid blue.

Something sounds fishy.

cympreni 03-13-2009 12:06 PM

I could see accidentally putting it in the fridge. I've done crazy stuff like that, put the milk in the cabinet and cereal in the fridge. Then the kids mistaking it for kool-aid. But an adult pouring 10 glasses and not noticing the label, the safety seal, the smell. . . .

Although, I've never made that mistake with chemicals. I don't even bring car related stuff in the house. That stuff says in the trunk of my car.

BrewCrewGrl 03-13-2009 12:18 PM

I think the smell of antifreeze is soooo strong. Maybe I have an extra sensitive sniffer, but I would think along with the label that would be a major tip off:dontknow: Plus, I don't think KoolAid comes premade does it???

+1 on the car stuff staying outside of the house, that just automatically stays either in the car or garage. (I suppose some don't have garages though)

cympreni 03-13-2009 12:30 PM

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Originally Posted by BrewCrewGrl (Post 904436)
I think the smell of antifreeze is soooo strong. Maybe I have an extra sensitive sniffer, but I would think along with the label that would be a major tip off:dontknow: Plus, I don't think KoolAid comes premade does it???

+1 on the car stuff staying outside of the house, that just automatically stays either in the car or garage. (I suppose some don't have garages though)

You can buy Hawaiian punch which also has a blue flavor and other flavored drinks like kool-aid in 1 gallon jugs. The flavored drinks usually look like a milk jug, and the punch bottle is more squarish looking then car related chemicals I've seen at least.

rainshower 03-13-2009 12:39 PM

shouldn't the skull and crossbones sign on the label have warned her that she reached for the wrong jug?


RedCatWaves 03-13-2009 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by BrewCrewGrl (Post 904436)
I think the smell of antifreeze is soooo strong. Maybe I have an extra sensitive sniffer, but I would think along with the label that would be a major tip off:dontknow: Plus, I don't think KoolAid comes premade does it???

+1 on the car stuff staying outside of the house, that just automatically stays either in the car or garage. (I suppose some don't have garages though)



It wasn't antifreeze...or all the kids would probably be dead. It was windshield washer fluid, which is basically alcohol and soap, although it's the bad kind of alcohol.

Lots of people serve children fake fruit juices (I call them "bug juice"...because they attract bugs on a hot summer day) and they buy them in huge containers at warehouse club stores. I can see how someone could buy a gallon of bug juice and a gallon of washer fluid at the same store and accidently mix them up. Accidents happen. I'm just glad this woman did the right thing and called for medical assistance for these kids and didn't just try to hide what she did. That's commendable, I think. I don't think she should necessarily lose her babysitting license for this incident.


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