Maximum Fine for Owners of Daycare Where Tot Died

Owners of Katie's Kids in Delray to pay $2,000

The owners of a Delray Beach daycare center where a young girl died after she was left in a hot van for several hours back in August were fined the maximum amount possible during a health department hearing Thursday.

Kathryn Muhammad and Barbara Dilthey, owners of Katie's Kids Daycare in Palm Beach County will pay $2,000 total for a number of violations that led to the Aug. 5 death of 2-year-old Haile Brockington, who was left unattended in the back seat of a van for six hours outside the facility.

Muhammad and Dilthey were charged with leaving a child unattended, not filling out transportation logs properly, and failing to make sure the child got off the van, according to WPTV.

The Environmental Control Hearing Board had earlier recommended a $1,000 fine, but voted to double it Thursday, making it one of the highest penalties the charged a daycare with in the last several years.

Muhammad was upset with the decision and said she has spent $6,000 installing new alarms in all of her company's vans.

"I'm trying to do everything I can do make sure this doesn't not only happen at my facility but the whole state of Florida, that's all I have to say," Muhammad told WPTV.

Two people, including former director for Katie's Kids Petra Rodriguez Perez and the van's driver, Amanda Inman, have been criminally charged in Inman's death.

Brockington's family has filed a civil suit against Inman, Muhammad and Dilthey.

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