A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court for the death of a toddler who was left in a van for almost eight hours.
Nelder Lester, 2 year old Haile's mother, is suing Katie's Kids Learning Center in Delray and the van's driver. The suit alleges the child was picked up from home August 5th at approx 8:30 a.m. She was in a car seat in the last row of the van. When they arrived at the daycare center, all the kids got out, including two of Haile's siblings, Patience and Heaven. No one noticed Haile, who was curled up in the back of the van.
At 4 p.m., a child got in the van to go home and found Haile lifeless, still strapped in her car seat. The suit alleges negligence on the part of the day care center and driver.
At a press conference today, Lester cried and clutched Haile's teddy bear and Bible as the family's attorney, Andrew Yaffa, announced the lawsuit.
"This baby's death is not going to be in vain," said Yaffa. He also said that Haile's regular teacher was off that day, and that the driver of the van has since been fired.
Last week's incident wasn't the first time the owners of Katie's Kids left a child in a van. In 2008, the Wexford Academy was cited for leaving an 8-year-old who had fallen asleep in one of their vans.
Katie's Kids will remain closed as the investigation into Haile's death continues.