An Oakland Park day care worker turned off the child safety alarm in a van where a 2-year-old boy died after he was left inside for hours on July 29, according to a new report.
An inspection by the Broward County Child Care Licensing Department has revealed the van driver shut off the safety alarm—which would have alerted her if a child was inside the vehicle—before letting the children exit and leaving the van.
According to county regulations, the driver is required to turn the alarm off only when they “physically inspect each seat” in the vehicle.
Two-year-old Noah Sneed was found dead after being left inside the sweltering van for five hours on July 29, outside Ceressa’s day care in Oakland Park, Florida, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Temperatures that day reached 91 degrees.
The report found other failings in the day care’s conduct, including not properly securing Noah in his seat and not properly keeping a log of the children.
On the morning of the child’s death, staff members did not fill out the transportation log, which records the time each child arrives and leaves the center, because the director who normally did so was not on site, according to the report.
Noah was not put in a federally approved safety seat for children under 3 years old.
Following the report’s release, the day care surrendered its child care license and permanently closed.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating the boy’s death and will determine whether charges are filed against the driver and anyone else.