The family of a recently-deceased child, Jordan Coleman, is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Sunrise’s 3C’s Day Academy day-care center, located in Sunrise, FL. On August 1, Jordan was found dead in the back seat of a day-care center SUV, which was parked outside a Tamarac apartment complex. The lawsuit claims negligence of caretakers. According to reports, Coleman fell asleep and was forgotten about when the day-care operator’s daughter, Camille Gordon, took several children to an apartment owned by one of her mother’s friends.
According to NBC Miami, 3C’s could come under fire after it was discovered that the children had been moved away from the actual day-care center because Cecily Roberts, the operator, had been overseeing too many children and was afraid of inspectors showing up. To make matters worse, Roberts had been cited three times in the past for overcrowding, twice for entrusting her 20-year-old daughter with infants and toddlers, and also reported to the Department of Children & Families, according to CBS. Roberts again acted negligently in this instant, trusting her daughter—who is under the legal age to work as a daycare supervisor—with seven young children, according to the allegations. Additionally, in June 2012, the Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Section reportedly filed a report about several problems at the day-care center, including that 3C’s had failed to comply with personnel training requirements.
“Wrongful death” is best described as a death that is consequence of a wrongful act of a person or entity, either intentionally or as the result of negligence. Typically, wrongful death suits can only be filed by immediate family members of the deceased. In many cases wrongful death suits are brought by family members to recover lost earnings and funeral expenses; however, they can also be brought for loss of consortium and other non-economic damages. In this instance, the case will in all likelihood, come down to whether the court determines that Coleman would still be alive if not for the actions of Cecily Roberts.
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