A 2-year-old who was left unattended at a Massachusetts day care center died after falling from the roof of the building Wednesday morning.
Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson said that Daylan Walker managed to leave the first floor and climbed four floors to the roof before falling to his death.
“Sadly, part of our future is gone today,” Jackson, who visited the scene, told The Boston Globe. “That is something that weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of everybody here.”
Police arrived at around 10 a.m. and found Daylan lying on the pavement behind the building in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Boston Police Superintendent in Chief William G. Gross, who was at the scene, said. The boy was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.
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“The child suffered fatal trauma after falling from a building,” a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
Police said the investigation is still ongoing and have not confirmed whether the toddler fell from the roof or a window, though all the windows were closed.
Daylan’s grandmother, Lucrecia Rivera, told the Globe through a Spanish interpreter that he cried before he was dropped off at the center and told her that he did not want to be left there.
“My only grandson, the light of this house,” Rivera said. “Where was I to save you from all these dangers? … I would have rather died myself instead of him.”
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The boy’s mother, Leonella Rivera, told 7News that he had been going to the day care for two and a half weeks. She said the day care texted her a picture of Daylan at around 9 a.m., but received a call from police 15 minutes later saying he was dead.
“Nothing like that should be done to any mother,” she said. “My son was just a baby, was just growing up. I want justice for my son, I want justice.”
Leonella Rivera, who has no other children, added: “This death of my son cannot just stay like that, we need to find out what really happened.”
The Globe reports that the licensed day care center with a capacity of six children is operated by Marisol Rondon-Ramos, according to the state Executive Office of Education’s website. She declined to comment by phone, saying she was talking with police.
Rondon-Ramos was described by people who know her as being “a very nice lady” and a “very responsible person.”