The death of 2-year-old Halie Brockington made Florida and national news. Halie was the unfortunate and tragic victim of a day care negligence incident in which Halie was left unattended in a day care van. This, in turn, caused the death of Halie. Florida law clearly requires that day care center follow certain policies and procedures in the operation of the day care center. There are specific regulations pertaining to the transportation of children and the manner in which buses and vans are to be inspected once the vehicle arrives at a destination. It was reported that the day care director, Petra Rodriguez Perez, signed off on a document that she checked or swept the van after its arrival at the day care center – Kaite’s Kids Learning Center. The fact of the matter is that Perez never inspected the vehicle that day but merely signed off on the sheet or check list. Had Perez done the simple act of checking the van as she was required to, the incident would have been avoided. The purpose of this relatively simple regulation is to make sure that no child is left behind on a day care van, bus, or vehicle.
Because of reckless, careless, and dishonest conduct of this day care director, criminal charges are being brought against her for aggravated manslaughter of a child. Perez will be entitled to legal representation by a Florida public defender or a Florida criminal defense attorney. While Perez probably had no intent or plan to have a child die under her care, the extent of her negligence, reckless, and carelessness may very well rise to the level of a criminal act that subjects her to prison time. You can read more about this story at Former Director of Kaite’s Kids Learning Center Charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child.