Two-year-old Daylon Walker of Boston fell to his death on Wednesday morning from the roof of the building where he attended a home daycare. He had only been going to the daycare for two weeks.
The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. The child managed to escape the apartment, climb four flights of stairs, and open the door to the roof. Neighbors tell WBZ-TV that no adults were present when they found the toddler lying face down on the sidewalk. He was immediately transported to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased, according to Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross.
“The young child was not being watched at some point and was able to go up four sets of stairs,” says Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson.
Police are investigating how Walker got out of the apartment and why the roof door was apparently unlocked.
The child’s grandmother, Lucrecia Rivera, says the family was looking for another daycare because they were uncomfortable. But she didn’t divulge any details of the circumstances leading to the search for a new facility.
The Department of Children and Families tells WBZ-TV they hadn’t received any complaints about the daycare, which is run by a husband and wife, located on the first floor of the apartment building, and licensed to care for up to 10 kids.
The daycare’s license has now been suspended, pending an investigation. No word on whether charges will be filed.