The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a four-year-old boy who was left in a sweltering SUV for more than two hours by a day-care operator’s daughter.
The child was one of eight children who had been whisked away from the 3C’s Day Academy because the owner allegedly was afraid that childcare licensing inspectors would discover that she was over-capacity at her home-based day care center. The center had been cited three times since 2010 for violating required child-to-caregiver ratios.
Allegedly, the owner had her 20-year-old daughter drive the children to her apartment complex. Seven of the youngsters, two of them infants, were taken inside the apartment unit, but the four-year-old, who had fallen asleep in the back of the vehicle, was left behind. The boy’s absence wasn’t discovered until a five-year-old cousin, who had woken from a nap inside the apartment, asked the owner’s daughter where his relative was.
Reportedly, the temperature outside had been in the 90’s when the boy was pulled out of the SUV. Attempts to revive him on the scene failed and he was pronounced dead at Broward Health Coral Springs Hospital.
The Florida Department of Children and Families declined to discuss the case while it remains under investigation, but a spokesman did say, “We cannot emphasize enough the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a car – for any amount of time.”
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