‘Ellie’s Law’ passed in memory of Frisco’s infant who died in daycare – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
It’s been three years, and yet not a day goes by that Friend and Tommy Davis fight to keep their daughter’s memory alive.
“We miss her dearly, but she is where she needs to be,” said Ami Davis.
At the time of her death, 3-month-old Ellie was at the home daycare the Davis had controlled and trusted to care for her and her older sister Charlie.
“Basically they left her unattended. I guess they were coming and going to watch her,” Tommy Davis said. “When they returned she was found on his face without reacting.”
An investigation into his death by both the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and the Texas Department of Family Protective Services was subsequently closed as investigators were unable to determine whether the negligence was a factor.
But reading all they could about their daughter’s case, the Davisians felt that it was not just the facility but also the system that had caused Ellie to fail.
Although the state provides a database of citations for child care providers, the couple have learned that these loopholes relate to a license number, rather than the name of the provider, which can change with a new address. . The quotes are also cleaned every two years.
“You trust the process, or what you thought was a trust process. And then we find out, oh, there’s this loophole in there,” Ami said.
So, after years of working with Senator Angela Paxton’s reform office, Ami and Tommy traveled to Austin last month to witness Ellie’s law presentation.
This would require that in the state database, past violations and deficiencies remain associated with an individual caregiver. It would also increase the number of years in which these gaps are taken into account from two to five.
He also calls on the HHSC to set standards for better supervision of infants engaged in tummy time.
The Davis’ got the chance to witness and share Ellie’s story.
“We believe that if this law had been in effect before 2018, Ellie would still be with us today,” Ami said in her testimony.
On June 14, Governor Greg Abbott signed Ellie’s Law.
“For some reason she’s supposed to be doing something pretty amazing. So I think that at least sharing her story, it brings a kind of sense of justice to her story because it saves other people and brought to light a really bad loophole in the system, ”Ami said.
Ellie’s Law comes into effect on September 1.