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Owner of day care where infant died faces charges

Posted November 24, 2009

— Apex police have charged the owner of a home day care where a 3-month-old died last month with violating state day care statutes.

Judy Register Lucas was arrested Monday on four felony counts and was released on a $5,000 secured bond.

Authorities were called to Judy's Home Care, at 1300 Laura Duncan Road, on Oct. 26 on a report that an infant had stopped breathing.

The child, Eliana Navy, was taken to WakeMed, where she died. The cause of death hasn't been released yet.

Police said the criminal violations against Lucas occurred between Oct. 1 and Oct. 23 and didn't cover the day the infant died.

Following the girl's death, the state Department of Health and Human Services inspected the home and found 17 violations, ranging from inadequate supervision of children to the lack of an operating smoke detector to poor record keeping.

DHHS suspended Lucas' license, saying conditions at her home "represent immediate danger to the health, safety and welfare of children" being cared for there.


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  • thebridges Nov 24, 2009

    What does goverment help have to do with this at all? I paid just as much to send my child there! Yes, my child was there and yes I would leave him with her again! She is part of our "family" and I feel so much pain for her! We love you Mrs. Judy.

  • jrfergerson Nov 24, 2009

    I can truly say there are many homes with realtives keeping more than 3-4 children (grandchildren) so the childs parents can get ahead and not accepting one dime for provision of this childcare. And many of those homes would have more than 17 violations as far as the safety board scores as a violation.

  • Wolfpack7070 Nov 24, 2009

    Actually, I'm pro choice. Everyone has the right to choose. If you are not financially stable enough to bring a child into this expensive world then you should have that choice. I have had a job since the time I was 12 years old (I'm 42 now) and I have always paid my way with my own money. I live a modest lifestyle and I probably live below my means. My family and children are taken care of because of our intelligent choices over the years. As far as I'm concerned there is no such thing as credit. I'm not saying that gov't assistance is not needed in some cases but a lot of it could be avoided with some simple common sense.

  • Granny Nov 24, 2009

    I'm sure that there is alot about this story that we are not aware of.....we are not here to judge this woman....praying for this poor woman and the parents of the poor child that passed away...

  • 1simplegirl Nov 24, 2009

    I HEARD from friends of the parents that the baby died of SIDS??

  • mocena Nov 24, 2009

    Wolfpack7070- But you would probably also disagree that women should be able to have abortions, right? So what options do you leave people?

  • Starlyte Nov 24, 2009

    I agree Wolfpack7070 - we have no idea if this baby died of natural causes just yet, but one thing I do think you are quick to say anything about people and their mistakes and you being tired of paying for them, you never know when you may need assistance from the state in any form. Never say never. I have seen too many people living large, lose their jobs and eat those words.

  • Whatever Geez Nov 24, 2009

    uncw...what if her detectors stopped working that morning perhaps? You dont know that type of stuff...bad luck

  • kbo80 Nov 24, 2009

    Well most of you sound stupid as always especially if you think that all working mothers get assistance. I am single and work full-time and I pay every dime of my child's daycare even if I am considered low-income. But that is okay because he has to be taken care of during the day. And like some have said regardless of how you pay or if you pay this trash of a daycare provider decided to watch over people's kids while they were out making a living or doing whatever. If she is the cause of this child's death then she should pay for it. Just like any and all other crimes that are committed.
    Wolfpack7070 don't be so eager to show your true ignorance. I am sure that you do not know people's situations so, therefore you have no right to judge anyone. For as long as we know you or someone in your family has gotten help from the government.

  • uncw05 Nov 24, 2009

    oh yeah, and if you as a parent are ok with this, put your child in her home tomorrow, leave a space open in a licensed daycare for those who do have a problem with this.