Katie's Kids' owner devastated after losing government funding

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County made a decision to cut off government funding to the daycare center that was the scene of a tragedy. The board's decision Thursday was unanimous.

"I'm devastated. I mean that's all I can really say," said owner Kathryn Muhammad.

This comes after 2-year-old Haile Brockington died there earlier this month.

Without that funding, she may have to close. "I'm not sure the staff will be able to have jobs. I'm more worried about the families and the staff than I am about myself," Muhammad said.

Haile was found dead in the daycare center's van after, authorities say, employees left her there.

Some parents, however, urged the board not to take away the daycare center's taxpayer funding.

Celeste Dale says her daughter, Kylie, attended Katie's Kids for several years and she praised the daycare owner. "She has been a wonderful person. I feel for the family of the little girl that passed. But Katie, I really do not feel is personally liable, that her funding and her license should be taken." she said.

Katie's Kids operates four daycare centers, three in Palm Beach County and one in Broward.

The decision to cut state and federal funding only involves the center in Delray Beach where the toddler died two weeks ago.

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