Saturday, July 21, 2012

Boy found in day care van died from heat, driver in custody - WFAA


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Posted on July 20, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Updated yesterday at 11:20 PM

DALLAS - A three-year-old boy found in critical condition inside a day care van in Dallas Friday afternoon has died.

Emergency officials said it is a heat-related death. It was over 100 degrees in Dallas Friday.

A woman who called 911 said she was inside Little T's Tiny Tots day care  in the 2200 block of South Buckner Boulevard when an employee went out to check on the day care van. The worker ran back inside carrying a little boy.

Workers tried to perform CPR as other children at the day care watched.

Paramedics also tried to save the child, but he died at Baylor Hospital.

Later in the evening, it was an emotional scene at the day care as people learned the boy had died.

Helen Stevens said her daughter was the day care center's driver. She said her daughter and the children had gone on a field trip to see the movie "Brave." She said 18 children were in the van.

"No one person [should be] driving no 18 kids to no field trip," Stevens said.

At 5:15 p.m. Dallas police got a call from paramedics that a child had been left alone in the hot van.

"This is a tragic situation, and it's needless," said Lt. Scott Walton. "Everyone knows that you cannot leave a small child in a car in the Texas heat, unattended. This could have been avoided."

Police took the driver into custody. The child's family went to Baylor Hospital, where they were told the child died.

The day care driver could face child endangerment charges. Little T's Tiny Tots has been cited at least 23 times by state regulators from minor violations, and twice for serious ones.

The child's name has not been released.


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