Friday, July 27, 2012

Day care worker miscounted kids after movie, affidavit says - FOX 4 News

DALLAS -

More details are surfacing about what happened the day a 3-year-old boy died in a hot day care van.

Benjamin Price was discovered unconscious last Friday afternoon in a van at Little T's Tiny Tots at 2253 Buckner Blvd. The temperature that day reached 105 degrees.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit released today, 32-year-old Erica Hooks took Price and 15 other children in the van to a movie that morning.

"The suspect stated that she 'counted in her head' how many children entered the van, even though policy states she must 'do a head county of every child, verifying each child is strapped in and sign each child as they are loading,'" the affidavit states.

The group attended the movie without incident, and returned to the day care approximately 2:30 p.m.

As the children got out of the van, Hooks told police she thought she accidentally counted one child twice, because she believed 16 children entered the day care.

"The suspect stated she, 'usually double checks but did not double check today,'" the sworn statement says.

Hooks' shift ended at 4:30 p.m., and about half an hour later, Benjamin's siblings began asking other workers about their missing brother.

Workers frantically searched the building, while one employee ran outside to the van and found the unconscious toddler in the back seat.

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