Lawsuit filed after child dies in daycare's car
SUNRISE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida family whose child died in a hot vehicle while at a daycare is taking action.
The family has hired a lawyer and is suing the business. The complaint detailing the wrongful death lawsuit is several pages long. One section lists 13 bullet points of how the 3C's Day Academy acted negligently.
During a press conference at the attorney's office in Coral Gables, Friday morning, the mother and lawyer spoke about the lawsuit and how the family now needs money to pay for a funeral it never expected for Jordan Coleman, who died at 4 years of age.
Fantasia Goldson, the child's mother said her son was the type of child who only wanted to make you happy. "It's just so tragic to come home and not see your son and not hearing him say, 'Hey, Mom,' and not getting that last kiss before he leaves. It's real heart-breaking."
Coleman was left inside a sport utility vehicle outside the Versailles Gardens Condominium complex in Tamarac on Aug. 1. He was supposed to be at the 3C's Day Academy in Sunrise, which is run out of a home. However, he and several other children were removed from the home by the daycare owner's daughter. The daycare had been expecting to see a visit from state investigators that day and had been cited before for being over capacity.
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.
Miyoshi Agnew found the child. She 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."
Caleb Jean, the child's godfather, said, "A 4-year-old left in a van is not a telephone you forget. That's a human being."
Stuart Grossman, the family's attorney, said, "At the 3C's Academy there was fear by the ownership that they had too many kids under their care, and the solution to that was to put them all in a van and to take them across town to someone's apartment. All of this is unauthorized."
The State Attorney's Office is now investigating this case and charges remain pending. Danielle Jean, Jordan's godmother, said, "One of the things about Jordan and this family is that we took good care of him. He'd never been in a formal daycare before in his life. We are praying that people are held accountable, that people will be held responsible and that everything will be exposed."
The family will hold a viewing for Jordan Friday night, followed by a funeral on Saturday.
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