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November 29th, 2010
Child dies from injuries sustained at Kyle daycare

561 Keystone Loop

LYONS

UPDATE:

A 10-week-old infant died last week from injuries he sustained in a Nov. 18 incident at a Kyle home daycare, officials announced Monday.

Benjamin Spencer was transported to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin after he suffered head injuries at the Little Lyons Cub Daycare at 561 Keystone Loop.

Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Spencer died on Thanksgiving Day.

Christina Suzanne Lyons, 32, who owns the daycare, has been charged with injury to a child, a first-degree felony. She was released from Hays County jail on Nov. 20 on a $50,000 bond, authorities say.

The Kyle Police Department, in conjunction with the Hays County District Attorney, is still investigating the incident, Kyle city officials said Monday.

EARLIER:

Kyle police arrested the owner of a Kyle daycare on Nov. 19 for the serious injury of a child, a first-degree felony, police say.

Christina Suzanne Lyons, 32, who owns Little Lyons Cub Day Care at 561 Keystone Loop, was booked into the Hays County Jail and released Nov. 20 on a $50,000 bond, authorities say.

On Nov. 18, Kyle police responded to the home daycare for reported injuries to a 10 week-old infant. The child was transported by ambulance to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin with head injuries, police say.

According to the arrest affidavit, first responders told police on scene that the victim was unresponsive and was being assisted with his breathing. Later, the infant had surgery due to “severe head trauma” and had also received multiple bilateral posterior rib fractures. Police believe that, given the severity and location of the injuries, they were likely non-accidental.

Lyons told police that she left the child unattended on a sofa, approximately 24 inches high, while she went to the restroom. Once she returned, she saw the child on the hardwood floor, laying face up.

Police believe that the force used to cause the injuries could not have been committed by a child. The victim was one of seven children under the sole care of Lyons at the time, the affidavit states.

Lyons could not be reached for comment.

The parents of the infant have been notified as well as the licensing division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, police say.

Family and Protective Services spokesperson Julie Moody said Nov. 22 that the daycare had a clean record since being registered in December 2009.

“This is the first and only incident that the licensing division has had to investigate at this particular child care facility,” Moody said.

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