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Toddler Suffocates Under Bean Bag At Daycare (Photos)

| by Michael Howard
Leonardo Sanchez and his mother, DanielleLeonardo Sanchez and his mother, Danielle

A small boy in Utah was killed Sept. 8 when an employee at the daycare he was attending accidentally sat on top of him.

Leonardo Sanchez, who would have been 2 years old on Sept. 17, was playing underneath a bean bag chair when the employee sat down on it to read a book to the other children, according to KSTU. Sanchez reportedly suffocated to death.

"It just baffles me, makes me wonder," said Leonardo's mother, Danielle. "She must not have felt him, she must not have heard him."

The incident occurred at the West Jordan Child Center. Police are now reviewing security footage from inside the daycare. The employee has not been charged.

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Danielle Sanchez is not satisfied with the daycare's explanation and is now looking to hire an attorney.

"My child is in your care, he suffocated under a bean bag," she told KSTU. "How does a 2-year-old, not even 2 yet, how does he get stuck under a bean bag? Something happened, I don’t know what."

In response to the tragic incident, the West Jordan Child Center issued the following statement:

We regret deeply the tragic death of a young toddler at our daycare facility. No words adequately describe the depth of the sorrow we feel. And, of course, we do not pretend to understand how devastating this is for the family. We know the family well, we grieve with them, and we pray that God will provide them the comfort and peace they inevitably will need.

According to Tom Hudachko of the Utah Office of Children's Licensing, the daycare was cited for two violations over the past five years. The first was for a lack of supervision on the patio and the second was for a hole in a fence that was large enough for a child to crawl through.

Leonardo's funeral is set to be held on his birthday. Attendees are encouraged to bring a birthday gift, which will be donated to a local children's hospital.

"I'm supposed to be planning his birthday party for next week and now I'm planning his funeral," Danielle told Deseret News.

"You just don't know when the last time will be when you see your baby," she added. "I dropped him off at daycare not knowing I'll never hear his laugh again, hold him again."

A GoFundMe page dedicated to Leonardo's memory has raised over $5,900 since it was created Sept. 8.

Sources: KSTU, Deseret News / Photo credit: Facebook via Daily Mail, GoFundMe

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