Toddler Suffocates Under Bean Bag Chair Where Daycare Worker Was Sitting

SALT LAKE CITY (CBS13/AP) – Police say a toddler is dead after a day care worker sat on a bean bag chair the child had crawled under.

West Jordan Police Sgt. Joe Monson said Friday the child appears to have suffocated in what investigators believe was a tragic accident.

“I didn’t expect to drop him off never to hold him or have him kiss me back again,” said the boy’s mother, Danielle Sanchez.

She says her son Leo suffocated in what West Jordan police are calling a very tragic, sad accident at his daycare.

Investigators say the approximately 18-month-old crawled under the beanbag on Thursday morning, though it’s not clear why.

“Somehow my son was not kept track of and he crawled underneath the beanbag and the teacher sat down on it and read a story for at least five minutes maybe 10 to 15 but at least five minutes,” Sanchez said. “And when they pulled him out, he wasn’t responsive.

He says the worker sat on the chair to read a story to the other children, unaware that the baby was underneath.

The child died at a hospital shortly after being discovered.

Police are investigating but don’t believe there was anything criminal involved in the death.

Police did not immediately release the name, age or gender of the child, or the name of the worker.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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