What are the Risks and Dangers of Leaving Children Unattended in “Hot” Day Care Vans and Buses?

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There is a basic responsibility of every single Florida Day Care Center that provides or coordinates transportation for a child:

TIMELY REMOVE EVERY CHILD FROM THE DAY CARE CENTER BUS OR VAN.

While this is a basic and simple responsibility, day care centers in Florida and other States continue to put children at risk and danger for personal injury by leaving a child unattended in a “hot” vehicle. Some children even die as a result of the negligence of a day care provider or transportation provider mistakenly leaving a child unattended in a hot vehicle. Even in just a few minutes of the Florida heat, a child can suffer serious personal injuries and even die. One such incident was reported in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was reported by the Miami Herald and other news outlets that a 4 year old was left alone and unattended in a vehicle owned and / or operated by the 3C’s Day Care Academy located in Sunrise (Broward County), Florida. An autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death which appears to be heat related. The weather at the time of the incident was in the 90s. You can read more about this story at 4 Year Old Dies After Being Left in Sunrise Florida Day Care Center Van.

Leaving a child unattended in vehicle in Florida’s summer heat puts a child at significant risk of injury and / or death. It can be quite difficult for a family to deal with the aftermath of such a tragedy with is a loss not only for the family but also for the neighborhood, school, and community. If a child is injured as a result of the negligence of a school, day care center, other business, or other person – the parent should contact a Florida Child Injury Lawyer for advice, consultation, and legal representation. David Wolf has dedicated his entire legal career to representing injured children and their families. For over 20 years, Mr. Wolf has represented children in a wide variety of cases including day care cases. He is the author of the book – Florida Day Care Center Injuries – Legal Rights of the Injured Child – Building Blocks of Knowledge for Parents. This book has chapters on Transportation, Record Keeping, Incident Reports, Indoor Facilities, Outdoor Facilities, Playgrounds, and other topics. You can get this book for free at Florida Day Care Center Injuries Book.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office says Jordan Coleman was found unconscious in the vehicle Wednesday afternoon with temperatures in the low 90s. Attempts to revive the boy failed and he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The vehicle belonged to the 3C’s Day Academy in Sunrise. BSO’s Child Protective Investigations Section is investigating the boy’s death and the safety of other children at the day care center. Authorities say the center is now closed.

An autopsy was done Thursday on the boy’s body but the results have not yet been announced. No one has been charged in the case.