[UPDATE] Toddler Dies in Hot Van in Florida

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

[UPDATE] 12-22 1:15PM --

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) --

State officials say the death of a 2-year-old girl left in a hot van is the fault of two workers who didn't follow their day care center's rules.

The report released Wednesday by the Department of Children and
Families says Haile Brockington's Aug. 5 death was not the result
of a lack of procedures at the South Florida day care she attended,
but rather the employees' failure to follow those procedures.

DCF says two workers failed to check the van thoroughly and one
sent a third employee in her place. That person didn't check
either.

Two people have been charged with aggravated manslaughter in the
girl's death.

Police say Haile was left in the van for more than seven hours.
The center has since closed.

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[UPDATE] 12-2 1:50PM --

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) --

The owners of a South Florida day care where a toddler died in a hot van must pay a fine for violating child care facility rules.

On Thursday, Dec. 2, Palm Beach County's Environmental Hearing Board decided the owners of Katie's Kids Learning Center in Delray beach have to pay $2,000, $500 for each violation. The owners agreed to pay.

Authorities say the child was left in the van on Aug. 5 for more
than seven hours. A former worker at the center and the center's
director face charges in the death.

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MARGATE, Fla. (AP) --

The owners of a Broward County day care center where a 2-year-old girl died after she was left in a hot van have been added as defendants in a lawsuit.

The family of Haile Brockington filed a lawsuit this week
against the owners Katie's Kids Learning Center, claiming active
negligence in the gir's death on Aug. 5. The driver of the van is
also named in the lawsuit that seeks unspecified damages for pain
and suffering and medical and funeral expenses.

The owner of the day care center, Kathryn Muhammad, has said the
employee who left the girl in the van was fired and that all four
day care centers she owns will change their transportation
procedures.

The Department of Children and Families is investigating.


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