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Officials say day care van driver who struck child had suspended license

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Department of Human Services officials said Friday a woman behind the wheel of a day care van that struck an 8-year-old boy should never have been allowed to drive that van.

Melanie Jones said her son Matthew Hobbs was hurt in the accident, but he is alive.

"Him and my other son is the only reason I'm on earth," said Jones.  "Otherwise, what purpose is there?"

Jones said she thought Hobbs was dead after he was hit by the van at the corner of Barr and Bennison Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said three boys were playing in the area.  Two darted into the street and the van slowed down.  When the driver picked up speed again, Hobbs darted into the street.

The driver, Shavonnah Windham, was cited for driving with a suspended license.  DHS officials said Windham works for the Kare Enrichment Center on Ridgeway.

The day care center has a three star rating with the state, but has also had 18 written violations since May of 2009, including three transportation related violations.

DHS officials said Windham should not have been driving a day care van on a suspended license.  

Investigators are trying to determine if the day care did the necessary background checks.  And if so, why Windham was allowed to drive.

The state has opened an investigation into the day care.  Possible sanctions include civil actions, fines, probation, or at worst, closure.

Action News 5 attempted to call the day care Friday, but did not receive an answer.

DHS said Windham is no longer driving for the day care.

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