"A child at this age can't protect themselves.” According to the affidavit, Pope on Wednesday and part of Thursday denied knowing why Luke died. Luke had been under the care of Pope since Aug. 17, the affidavit states. At the time of Luke's injuries, Pope's 21-month-old daughter, and another child were present. DHS license pending DHS spokeswoman Mary Leaver said Pope requested an application packet on Aug. 10. On Aug. 16, she was placed on application status, which allows a provider to operate while awaiting their license. That process typically takes a few weeks, Leaver said. DHS asked Pope on Thursday to voluntarily cease operations, and she agreed. Services for Luke 2 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Weatherford.
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