Toddler Strangled By Necklace During Nap Time At Daycare: Report
A mother in California is living her worst nightmare after an apparent nap time mishap at her son's daycare ended with the 18-month-old's tragic death.
Danielle Morin said she dropped her son Deacon at Little Impressions Daycare in Fontana on Wednesday morning on her way to work.
When she returned to pick him up, Morin said she was met with the sight of paramedics trying to revive him.
Daycare staff told Morin that Deacon was somehow strangled by the amber teething necklace he was wearing while he slept during nap time, according to KABC.
Deacon was rushed to a hospital, where Morin made the heartwrenching decision to remove her son from life support on Monday afternoon.
Now Morin wants to shut down Little Impressions Day Care, which the California Department of Social Services reportedly placed on probation for three years in 2015.
In a tearful Facebook post, Morin wrote Monday:
"Our sweet baby Deacon peacefully went to be with the Lord today. I have made the decision to donate his organs so another family's prayers can be answered... This is the darkest day of my life but I know Deacon is with the Lord and at peace shining down upon us.
"Do [sic] to my choice to donate, we do not have a timeline for Deacons services and will let you know when we do."
In a subsequent post, the bereaved mother vented her frustrations with the daycare center, which she characterized as negligent.
"I would like to clear a few things up for the sake of my son," Morin wrote. "First of all 'Little impressions daycare/Marriott daycare' in Fontana do not know the facts and are trying to hide there lack of supervision by stating that Deacon choked on his Amber necklace. This is not the case and his medical examinations have shown another story. Deacon was strangled at daycare. Whether or not his beads were involved is still under investigation."
A message left at Little Impressions Day Care was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon. A number listed for Jimenez Family Child Care, the company listed on the daycare's license, was no longer in service.
A GoFundMe created to help offset the cost of Deacon's funeral arrangements has raised over $26,000.
"Our sweet baby Deacon peacefully went to be with the Lord today," the fundraiser page reads. "Danielle has made the decision to donate his organs so another family's prayers can be answered.
"We ask for you to continue to pray that his organs stay strong throughout the transport and implant process for these sick children and their families. We can't thank you enough for your love, prayers and donations."