MIDLAND, Tex. — Little Jessica McClure's 58-hour ordeal in an abandoned well was the result of inadequate supervision by the child's mother and aunt at an unlicensed day-care facility, a state official said in a letter that included a stern lecture on child care.
The letter--dated Oct. 30, about two weeks after the accident and released Monday--was sent by the Texas Department of Human Resources to Jamie Moore, Jessica's aunt.
Jessica, then 18 months old, fell into the narrow well in the backyard of Moore's home on Oct. 14. The dramatic and successful struggle to save her riveted the nation.
"The Texas Department of Human Resources has found there is reason to believe the child's injuries and the time spent in the well are the result of negligent supervision by child care provider Reba McClure (Jessica's mother)," Carolyn Langendorf, day-care licensing regional director, said in the letter.