DEADLY DAY CARES: Sam Pratt's Law
Date: 10/9/2011 Album ID: 1336937
Hannah and Bill Pratt's son William "Sam" Pratt died in 2009 at an unlicensed Pine Knob in-home day care. Her family is trying to raise awareness for House Bill 156, which, if passed, will be known as Sam Pratt's Law. The bill would authorize the Department of Health and Senior Services to prohibit unlicensed child care providers from continuing to provide services if there are pending criminal charges.
Sam Pratt, left, photographed with his father Billy Pratt. Sam Pratt died Feb. 2, 2009, at 2 months of alleged child abuse in an home day care in Pilot Knob, Mo. Caregiver was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse resulting in death. Photo courtesy of the Pratt family
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Hannah Pratt holds her son Greg Pratt, 16-months, at her mother's day care in Farmington. Hannah's son William Sam Pratt died in 2009 during his care at an unlicensed Pine Knob in-home day care. Her family is trying to raise awareness for House Bill 156, which if passed will be known as Sam Pratt's Law. The bill would authorize the Department of Health and Senior Services to prohibit unlicensed child care providers from continuing to provide services if there are pending criminal charges.Emily Rasinski  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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Debbie Thrasher, owner of Mrs. Thrasher's Advanced Learning Center in Farmington. Thrasher's grandson William Sam Pratt died in 2009 during his care at an unlicensed Pine Knob in-home day care. The family is trying to raise awareness for House Bill 1534, which if passed will be known as Sam Pratt's Law. The bill would authorize the Department of Health and Senior Services to prohibit unlicensed child care providers from continuing to provide services if there are pending criminal charges.Emily Rasinski  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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Debbie Thrasher prays with her students before serving them lunch at Mrs. Thrasher's Advanced Learning Center in Farmington. Thrasher's grandson William Sam Pratt died in 2009 during his care at an unlicensed Pine Knob in-home day care. The family is trying to raise awareness for House Bill 156, which if passed will be known as Sam Pratt's Law. The bill would authorize the Department of Health and Senior Services to prohibit unlicensed child care providers from continuing to provide services if there are pending criminal charges.Emily Rasinski  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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Debbie Thrasher helps Hunter Cole, 10, make a pipe-cleaner person during craft time at Mrs. Thrasher's Advanced Learning Center in Farmington. She started the day care, which is licensed through the state, three years ago with four children and is now up to 34. Thrasher's grandson William Sam Pratt died in 2009 during his care at an unlicensed Pine Knob in-home day care. The family is trying to raise awareness for House Bill 156, which if passed will be known as Sam Pratt's Law. The bill would authorize the Department of Health and Senior Services to prohibit unlicensed child care providers from continuing to provide services if there are pending criminal charges.Emily Rasinski  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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Debbie Thrasher leads her students through a morning prayer song as they start their day at Mrs. Thrasher's Advanced Learning Center in Farmington. She started the day care, which is licensed through the state, three years ago with four children and is now up to 34. Thrasher's grandson William Sam Pratt died in 2009 during his care at an unlicensed Pine Knob in-home day care. The family is trying to raise awareness for House Bill 156, which if passed will be known as Sam Pratt's Law. The bill would authorize the Department of Health and Senior Services to prohibit unlicensed child care providers from continuing to provide services if there are pending criminal charges.Emily Rasinski  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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Debbie Thrasher has mailed around 4500 signed postcards to state legislators to try and raise awareness for House Bill 156.Thrasher's grandson William Sam Pratt died in 2009 during his care at an unlicensed Pine Knob in-home day care.  If passed, House Bill 156 will be known as Sam Pratt's Law. The bill would authorize the Department of Health and Senior Services to prohibit unlicensed child care providers from continuing to provide services if there are pending criminal charges.Emily Rasinski  erasinski@post-dispatch.com
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