Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Perdue Signs Day Care Law Named for Accident Victim; Juan's Law Requires Day-Care Centers to Notify Parents If They Are Uninsured

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Perdue Signs Day Care Law Named for Accident Victim; Juan's Law Requires Day-Care Centers to Notify Parents If They Are Uninsured

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Byline: WALTER C. JONES, The Times-Union

ATLANTA -- Anthony DeJuan Boatwright wasn't on hand Monday when a new law bearing his name became part of Georgia's legal system, but he was certainly the star of the show.

The 3-year-old stayed home Monday for the bill-signing ceremony. His mother, Jackie Boatwright, was there instead, flanked by her lawyer, a friend and two legislators.

As a toddler, Juan fell into a mop bucket at a home-based day-care center and suffered brain damage. His mother's lawsuit against the center resulted in a $33 million award, but since the center had no insurance, they won't see the money.

Jackie Boatwright wrote a book, launched a Web site and began lobbying for a law to save other parents from what she went through on Sept. 9, 2001.

Monday, her efforts succeeded when Gov. Sonny Perdue signed Juan's Law, which requires day-care centers to notify parents if they are uninsured.

In Perdue's posh office, Jackie Boatwright's eyes filled with tears.

She said she had kissed Juan all over the face that morning as usual. …

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