This is a terrible tragedy. Our hearts go out to the poor mother of this little one.
2-Year-Old Dies After Fall From Dorchester Daycare Building
A toddler somehow slipped away from his Dorchester daycare and climbed four flights of stairs only to fall from the roof of the building.
According Boston Globe reports:
A 2-year-old boy who fell to his death from a Dorchester apartment building Wednesday morning apparently wandered away unnoticed from a day-care center on the first floor and climbed four stories before opening a door to the roof and tumbling to his death, a Boston city councilor said.
“Unfortunately, it sounds like the child was at some point left unattended,” said Councilor Tito Jackson, who visited the scene. “Sadly, part of our future is gone today.”
The child fell from the building located at 131 Columbia Road, and his family identified him as Daylan Walker in an interview Wednesday night at their Grove Hall home.
“This is a nightmare,” said Walker’s grandmother, Lucrecia Rivera, 42, speaking in Spanish through an interpreter.
Rivera wept as she said that Daylan had cried Wednesday morning when she dropped him off at the center, and told her that he did not want to be left there.
“My only grandson, the light of this house,” Rivera said. “Where was I to save you from all these dangers? . . . I would have rather died myself instead of him.”
The child suffered fatal trauma after falling from a building, said Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, citing preliminary evidence.
Boston police Superintendent in Chief William G. Gross, who was at the scene, said that police officers arrived just before 10 a.m. and found the boy lying on the pavement behind the building. The child was immediately taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Gross said.
Police Sergeant Michael McCarthy said he could not confirm that the child had left the day-care center and fallen from the roof because the investigation was still ongoing, but said, “We’re looking into that as a possibility of how it happened.”
And it looks like there may be a case for a lawsuit, not just against the daycare but also the building because an inspection has found fault with the door to the roof:
A violation report from the city’s Inspectional Services Department dated May 28 found that the door that leads to the roof must be “manually slammed shut to engage panic hardware.”
The violation was written after the child fell, according to a spokeswoman. The head of the corporation that owns the building declined to comment on the violation report.
“We’re deeply saddened by the tragedy and are cooperating with all the authorities,” said Christal Kornegay, president and chief executive officer of Urban Edge.
Residents and parents described the day-care provider as a kind woman.
“She’s a very nice lady,” said Chanelia Dorest, 34, who lives in the building but said she did not know the provider’s name. “It surprises me, it does.”
A licensed day-care center with a capacity of six children is located at 129 Columbia Road and is run by Marisol Rondon-Ramos, according to the website of the state Executive Office of Education. Reached briefly by phone, Rondon-Ramos said she could not talk. “I have the police here now,” she said.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Children and Families said that it has received a report and is investigating.
Yesenia Sanchez, the girlfriend of Daylan’s uncle, described the boy’s mother’s state of mind as “anger, frustration, upset, sad, just speechless.”
“She feels like she just doesn’t want to live anymore,” Sanchez said. “That was her only child . . . the only reason for her to get up every day. . . . He was just her whole world.”
We can only imagine. Our prayers to Daylan’s mother, grandmother and the rest of their family during this difficult time.