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Criminal charges against Quincy daycare provider 'not likely'

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard says the daycare provider responsible for taking care of a child who drowned last week will likely not be charged.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office is still investigating an incident last Tuesday that claimed the life of 2-year-old Pravyn Lance McBride-Meyer. Barnard says he hasn't received any reports yet, but it appears the daycare just failed to do her job.

"Based on talking to investigators and the information provided to me, criminal charges do not appear likely," Barnard said. "It basically comes down to inattentiveness by the daycare provider."

(Read "DCFS, Sheriff's Office investigate Quincy daycare pool death")

"She had a lot of kids and didn't do a good job of keeping track of them," Barnard added.

Barnard said criminal charges are still possible if he receives any new information.

Meyer was found Tuesday morning in an above ground pool by the daycare provider, Patti Tipton,. Meyer was taken to Blessing Hospital and after being transported to St. Louis Children's Hospital, Meyer passed away the next morning.

Adams County Coroner Jim Keller said the preliminary cause of death was drowning.

Sheriff Brent Fischer also doesn't expect criminal charges.

"There's no signs of foul play," Fischer said. "It appears to be an accident."

Fischer says his office has been working closely with the Department of Child and Family Services. A DCFS spokesperson told WGEM News that Tipton voluntarily gave up her license and is not providing childcare at this time. The agency is conducting its own investigation separate from the sheriff's office.


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