ST. GEORGE — Instead of holding a celebration Saturday for what would have been Leonardo Sanchez’s 2nd birthday, his family will hold a funeral. The toddler died Thursday after suffocating under a bean bag chair at a West Jordan daycare center.
In a tragedy that unfolded in a matter of minutes, the boy crawled underneath the bean bag chair before an employee sat in the chair, not knowing the child was underneath.
It is unclear why the employee did not notice the child.
“I’m just confused,” the child’s mother, Danielle Sanchez, told KSL. “I’m so confused on how you don’t know where my kid is. How do you not feel him? How do you not hear him scream?”
She said that police told her the employee sat on the chair for several minutes and read to other children. The boy suffocated beneath the chair and was discovered unconscious.
“I’m supposed to be planning his birthday party for next week and now I’m planning his funeral,” Danielle Sanchez, said in tears Friday.
A GoFundMe page has been created by a family friend to help with funeral costs. As of Tuesday, $3,685 had been raised.
“His Mom, dad and 3 siblings are heartbroken by the loss of their handsome, sweet baby boy,” the page reads.
Another GoFundMe page created for the family had garnered $6,625 in donations by Tuesday morning.
Management at the West Jordan Child Center released the following statement through an attorney Friday:
We regret deeply the tragic death of a young toddler at our daycare facility. No words adequately describe the depth of the sorrow we feel. And, of course, we do not pretend to understand how devastating this is for the family. We know the family well, we grieve with them, and we pray that God will provide them the comfort and peace they inevitably will need.
Ed. note: St. George News has not verified information provided in connection with fundraising accounts mentioned in this article and does not assure that monies deposited to the accounts will be applied as described. Those considering contributions are advised to consult with their own professionals for tax advice and investment risks.
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