Her father George Lloyd spoke exclusively with Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney regarding the loss of his daughter.
"I feel like I let her down, that dad wasn’t there," said George Lloyd, Emma’s father, in an exclusive interview with Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney. "You want to be there. You want to protect your child."
The complaint, filed in Sullivan Circuit Court Friday, said Emma was placed in the care of Christa Waterman, who was the individual operating the day care at that time.
“Christa Waterman tried to extinguish the fire,” read the complaint. “When this was unsuccessful, she got the other five children out of the burning building. EmmaLea was left in the burning building, where she died as a result of the fire.”
The fire and Emma’s death were caused by the Waterman’s negligence, the complaint alleges.
“As a direct and proximate result of the negligence of the Waterman defendants, George Lloyd has suffered the loss of his daughter, the loss of his daughter’s love and companionship, and the loss of his daughter’s services, and he has incurred expense for her funeral and burial,” read the complaint.
The lawsuit requests compensation for George Lloyd.
The complaint also names Emma Lloyd’s mother, Keesha Stewart, as a defendant but Lloyd’s attorney Edward McGlone said she is not accused of any wrongdoing.
“It’s so that all the issues get resolved in one lawsuit,” said McGlone, adding Stewart is named as a defendant because of how the statute is written regarding wrongful death suits where the parents are not married.
The State Fire Marshal's Office inspects licensed centers and registered ministries, while the Family and Social Services Administration handles fire safety inspections at licensed homes.