BSO investigating boy found dead in van
TAMARAC, Fla. (WSVN) -- Broward Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating the death of a 4-year-old boy found dead in a van.
According to authorities, the child, who police identified as Jordan Coleman, was in daycare when he was found dead in a hot van parked outside the Versailles Garden apartment complex, Wednesday. "I just think it's extremely tragic that..." said Miyoshi Agnew, who found the child. She tried to compose herself and finished while chocking back tears: "something like this can happen to a child."
Agnew and a neighbor tried to save the boy with CPR and called 911. "I felt his neck, and I was like, no, he didn't have a pulse," she said. "He was just laying there, just completely out, completely out. His skin felt a little slimy like he was hot, but it was hot. It was in the 90s, but I'm just thinking, 'OK, he was just hot,' but then he had a whole bunch of saliva in his mouth."
Coleman was a camper of the 3C's Day Academy run out of a home in Sunrise. A woman came out of the home on the phone, but said she is not part of the investigation. According to paperwork, the owner of the daycare, identified as 42-year-old Cecily Roberts, has been investigated in the past. One time was for leaving her underage daughter in charge. She has also been cited several times for having too many kids at the home. The max capacity was supposed to be six.
Officials are now investigating what were eight children doing in the custody of the 20-year-old daughter of the owner of the daycare on the day Coleman died. The child was brought from the daycare in Sunrise to the apartment complex where he was discovered. "The lady was not supposed to have kids at the house, so the daughter took the kids and brought them over here, but left one of them in the car," said Ashley Munns, a neighbor in the building.
The daycare director's daughter is 20 years old. Agnew saw her after Coleman was found dead. "She was rambling," Agnew said. "She was very, very nervous, very frantic."
"She asked one of the kids where the other one was," said Munns, " and one of the kids told her in the car still."
Agnew said the young caregiver said the boy had been out walking, and he just passed out. Now, the Department of Children and Families is working with BSO to figure out what happened. "My daughter questioned the 5-year-old, who was the oldest of the bunch," Agnew said, "and he says that the little boy was left in the car."
The medical examiners office is now conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death. BSO is awaiting those results to determine if this was a case of negligence, or if they will classify this as a homicide and whether there will be any charges
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