The parents of a toddler killed at day care centre said their son suffocated to death after an employee sat on the beanbag chair he was underneath.
Leo Sanchez, would have turned 2 next week, he sadly passed away after he crawled under a beanbag and one of his day care workers sat on it to read stories to the other kids, said his mother Danielle Sanchez of Utah.
Police are reviewing surveillance video, which Danielle said shows Leo climbing under the bag, for five to 15 minutes, before employees realised he was underneath, reports KFOR.
“How could this happen?” Danielle said. “He’s a big boy. How did they lose track of him? Too many kids, too much noise, overwhelmed, a bad day. Somebody dropped the ball, and now we’re going to have to bury a boy because of that.”
Sgt. Joe Monson of the West Jordan Police Department called Leo’s death a “very tragic, sad accident.”
“No words adequately describe the depth of the sorrow we feel,” the day care centre said in a statement released through an attorney. “And, of course, we do not pretend to understand how devastating this is for the family. We know the family well, we grieve with them and we pray that God will provide them the comfort and peace they inevitably will need.”
The Department of Health is also investigating circumstances around the toddler’s death and whether the care facility is operating under the proper license, a process which takes 30 days, said department spokesperson Tom Hudachko.
Leo would have turned 2 on September 17, now that is the day his parents plan to hold his funeral.
“I dropped him off at day care not realising I would never be able to hold him again or kiss him or have my Leo back,” Danielle said.
Leo’s father, Dan Sanchez, said something needs to change at the day care and other parents and caregivers should be aware that something like this could happen.
“Be aware,” he said. “Have knowledge and some accountability.”
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