”I’m still in shock,” said the baby’s aunt, Katrina Cook. “Hoping I heard it wrong. Maybe I just heard it wrong.”
Despite the recommendations the Hugger Family Daycare had twice been found by the State of Florida to be non-compliant. Five weeks before McKnight’s death, the facility had been fined for having seven children under the age of three in their care, which is more than the state allows.
While local authorities consider new evidence, leaving open the possibility of charges being filed against the staff and owners at Hugger in the future. The family is now working with an attorney to begin the process of filing a civil suit.