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Lane v. Kindercare Learning Centers, Inc.

Michigan Court of Appeals
588 N.W.2d 715 (1998)


Facts

Katherine Lane (plaintiff) enrolled her 18-month-old daughter in Kindercare Learning Centers, Inc. (Kindercare) (defendant), a daycare. Lane dropped off her daughter around lunchtime one day with prescription medication. Lane authorized Kindercare to administer the medication while her daughter was at the daycare. Lane returned around 6:00 p.m. to pick up her daughter, but found that the daycare was locked with all of the lights turned off. Lane called 911, and a police officer responded to the call. Using a flashlight, the police officer saw Lane’s daughter sleeping in a crib through a window. The police officer broke a window and retrieved Lane’s daughter. Kindercare had placed Lane’s daughter in a crib for a nap and then forgot about the daughter. Kindercare had also failed to give Lane’s daughter the prescribed medication. Lane sued Kindercare for breach of contract and also sought damages for emotional distress. Kindercare filed a motion for summary judgment, which was granted by the trial court. Lane appealed to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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