Update: Toddler suffocates at West Jordan day care; staff member involved in accident

Leonardo Sanchez. Photo: GofFundMe

WEST JORDAN, Utah, Sept. 9, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The West Jordan Police Department confirmed Friday afternoon that a day care staff member was involved in the accidental suffocation of a boy who died a few days before his second birthday.

Video camera footage from the day care center, at 7195 S. Redwood Road, reportedly shows the child playing with a bean bag chair at about noon, then crawling underneath it.

Sgt. Joe Monson, WJPD, confirmed that after the toddler climbed under the child-sized bean bag chair, a woman who worked at the facility sat on the chair, not knowing the boy was trapped beneath.

“We are now able to confirm that,” Monson said. “It appears to be just a tragic accident. An adult sat on the bean bag chair, not knowing.”

Staffers estimated the child was underneath the chair for 10 to 15 minutes before he was discovered, unconscious and not breathing.

Despite CPR at the scene and being rushed to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, the boy could not be revived, according to police accounts.

The WJPD did not release the child’s name, but a GoFundMe page set up to help the family with expenses gave the toddler’s name as Leonardo Sanchez, son of Dan and Danielle Sanchez.

In the first 20 hours, the page had raised $1,000 of its $10,000 goal.


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