2-Year-Old Boy Left in Daycare Van Dies, Leaving Many Questions and Few Answers
OAKLAND PARK, FLORIDA – According to online news articles available at www.local10.com, a toddler died after being left in a daycare van all day, despite reports that other children had alerted daycare workers about the boy being left in the van.*
An Oakland Park tragedy has left family members mourning following the death of a 2-year-old boy. Reports indicate that the 2-year-old boy was left in a van that was parked outside a daycare facility. The boy’s grandmother stated that other children had informed daycare workers about the 2-year-old being left in the van, but nothing was done to check on the boy or remove him from the vehicle.
The deceased boy’s grandmother sees the situation not as an accident, but rather as “carelessness.” The grandmother reports that when she called the daycare facility, she was told by workers that other children who were in the van had stated that the 2-year-old boy was sleeping. However, no daycare worker checked on the boy until the afternoon, when it was too late to save the boy’s life. The daycare worker who found the deceased toddler called 911 and authorities are now thoroughly investigating the incident.
The 2-year-old boy had been living with his mother at Broward Partnership for the Homeless shelter. Given the tragic nature of the incident, a GoFundMe page was established to help family members move forward and have the resources they need to handle the costs associated with the boy’s death.
The daycare currently remains closed as the investigation into the incident continues. The 2-year-old boy’s death follows reports that the daycare was not up to standards. Public records reveal that the daycare had been inspected by the Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Division on numerous occasions, with the most recent inspection in April of 2019.
After two earlier inspections in 2018, the inspector determined that the daycare facility was not clean, that some toddlers were not wearing shoes, and that some staff members had not completed training requirements. Whether a lack of training played a role in the tragic incident involving the death of the 2-year-old boy is unclear.
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