Childcare Employee Reading to Kids, Didn’t Know Toddler Was Under Beanbag Chair


*Man. This is an extremely tough one. You know how kids love to play hide and seek. Well this time the game proved fatal. As a childcare worker in Utah sat reading stories to a group of children at the West Jordan Child Center on Thursday morning, the worker had no idea one of the kids was actually underneath the bean bag chair he or she was sitting on.

And the child suffocated.

According to PEOPLE, the little boy had been under the chair for fifteen minutes, and once discovered unresponsive, was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Because of his age department policy would not allow him to be officially identified, but many reports had already said he was 1-year-old Leonardo Sanchez.

Parents of Leonardo Sanchez
Parents of Leonardo Sanchez

The devastation of his family, not to mention the employee and the facility where the incident occurred, is clearly nothing short of immeasurable.

“How could this happen? He’s a big boy. How did they lose track of him?” Sanchez’ mother, Danielle Sanchez, told KUTV. “Somebody dropped the ball, and now we’re going to have to bury a boy because of that.”

In a statement released through an attorney to Fox 13, the W. J. Child Center said, “No words adequately describe the depth of the sorrow we feel,” according to Fox 13.

My heart aches for this family. It also aches for the employee who, yet to be identified, will undoubtedly live the rest of his or her life carrying this unfortunate accident.

Their little boy would have turned 2 on Saturday, September 17th. Now, instead of a birthday celebration the family will hold his funeral and encourage guests to still bring presents; which they will donate to a children’s hospital.

If you would like to show your support to this family, please go to the GoFundMe page that has been set to help cover funeral costs. In only 5 day the kindness of people just like you have raised $7,445 of their $10K goal.

RIP little one. Your life may have been short, but you will never be forgotten.

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