LANSING, Ill. — In a lawsuit, the family of a 10-month-old boy who died at a residential day care last month alleges it took hours for staff to realize he was suffocating, and they didn't to perform any measures to save the child's life.
Attorneys for the family of Vincent "Tre" Edward Clark III say a worker put the toddler down for a nap in the basement of Learn-N-Play All Day Home Childcare on April 9 without any visual or audio monitoring system.
“The staff at the daycare, after Tre was put down, then took the other children who were there outside to play," said Heidi Wickstrom, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard.
More than two hours passed before a worker went down to the basement and found Tre unresponsive, according to Wickstrom, who alleges workers failed to take immediate action to save the child.
“The EMS noted that when they arrived, there had been no lifesaving measures performed, no one at the daycare perform CPR or the Heimlich maneuver or first aid. Illinois law requires that daycare workers be certified in first aid and CPR,” Wickstrom said.
Tre Clark was rushed to University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, accusing the daycare operators of negligence in his death.
Representatives of the day care center have not responded to the wrongful death lawsuit.
Heartbroken parents Ebony and Vince Clark remember their only son as a happy and high-spirited child.
“But we of course continue to keep him in our hearts and continue to pray about what has happened,” Ebony Clark said.
Aside from the lawsuit, Clark’s lawyers say both law enforcement and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) continue to investigate the tragic incident.