Vigil held for toddler found dead at daycare
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida day care has temporarily closed as investigators try to figure out how a toddler died.
Thursday night, family and friends gathered to remember 22-month-old Dominicue Andrews at the Jomiba Learning Center in Homestead, where the toddler was found dead Tuesday.
The boy's uncle, Fabian Hall, was brought to his knees as he prayed for justice to be served. "By every power, by every bone in my body, I'm gonna make sure we get to the bottom of this. I don't care what it takes," said Hall.
The vigil was held after the family hired an attorney and filed a wrongful death lawsuit. "I want to know what happened to him and why was this done. It's not fair because they don't give us no information. They won't tell us nothing," said one family member.
The Department of Children and Families said the evidence seems to suggest Dominicue may have been left behind in the daycare's van. "There is speculation that the child died in the van," said Jacqui Coler of DCF, "and he might have been accidentally left in the van, and that's what the evidence is beginning to point to."
Hall said he saw the boy in the classroom the day he died, however. "I saw him. I spoke to his teacher. He was sitting down eating Cheerios," he said.
DCF said the owner of the daycare has voluntarily closed the center pending the outcome of the investigation.
DCF is considering suspending the JLC Child Care Center's license.
Officials have not yet released the cause of death.
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