Florida police are investigating the tragic death of a young boy who was left in a hot car for two hours last week. The boy, 4, was left in a vehicle belonging to a daycare center.
According to NBC News in Miami, the Broward County Sherriff's Office is investigating why 4-year-old Jordan Coleman was left in a 2002 Toyota Sequoia at an apartment complex during 90-degree (Fahrenheit) weather.
Jordan had been under the care of 3C's Day Academy, of Sunrise, when he was left in the car.
Reportedly, the 20-year-old daughter of the daycare owner had allegedly taken several children out of the daycare because "the owner of 3C’s Day Academy was afraid that child-care-licensing administrators would visit and discover she was caring for more children than her license allowed," reported the Miami Herald.
All of the children were removed from the vehicle except the one child. Why one child was left behind is unclear. Police are not currently discussing the death until medical reports come back.
“We’re waiting for the medical examiner to come back with a ruling. That’s why we can’t really say anything,” Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti told the Herald. “We don’t know if it was neglect or homicide.”
The owner, Cecily Roberts, has purportedly been the subject of "troubling inspections" by Broward County officials.
Media reports say Roberts had previously been cited for over-capacity of her facility and say her daughter, Camile Gordon, had the children and brought them to an apartment. The Herald report noted that allegedly some of the children were transported without being placed in car safety seats.
Mia Agnew, a former nurse and resident of the complex, had tried to give young Jordan CPR, but he never regained consciousness.
“They [the parents of Jordan Coleman] are distraught right now,” said Pandora Agnew, her daughter, reported CBS News. “Absolutely distraught. They left their child in the hands of day care trusting they would provide good care for this child and they get a call saying come to the hospital.”
Fantasia Goldson, Jordan's mother, said at a news conference, "It's just so tragic to come home and not see your son and not hearing him say, 'Hey, Mom,' and not getting that last kiss before he leaves. It's real heart-breaking."
Today WSVN-TV reported the family has hired a lawyer and has initiated a lawsuit for wrongful death and negligence against 3C’s Day Academy.
Stuart Grossman, the family's attorney, said, "At the 3C's Academy there was fear by the ownership that they had too many kids under their care, and the solution to that was to put them all in a van and to take them across town to someone's apartment. All of this is unauthorized."
The daycare is reportedly now closed and Broward's Child Protective Investigations Section (CPIS) is investigating.