Parents Awarded $142 Million for Death of 7-Month Old, Hope to See Changes in Daycare Legislature
Two parents were awarded $142 million for the wrongful death of their 7-month old baby, who died at a Dallas daycare in 2014. “He was a beautiful life and he was alive,” said the child’s mother, “and one day he wasn’t alive.”
The verdict was more than 20 times the amount sought by the parents, who were represented by Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP.
In April 2014, the child was allegedly swaddled by the owner of the daycare and left on his side for hours when he suffocated. Dallas police determined the death was an accident.
As allowed by state law, the daycare was licensed but not insured. The child’s parents, represented by Rob Crain, hope the verdict will serve as a catalyst to change lenient daycare requirements.
Crain said, “I had tears well up in my eyes because it was such a powerful statement by the jury. They wanted to say something here, and they did.”
The child’s father said he hopes to see “stronger regulations of daycares, starting with an insurance requirement.” According to the parents, an insurance requirement would provide a level of accountability state law currently doesn’t require daycares to hold.
The baby’s mother said the family gained peace of mind from the trial, and told news sources she hopes parents in the future can know their children are safe in daycare. “What we’ve gained from the trial is the peace of mind knowing there’s been accountability.”
The daycare is no longer in operation, and legal representatives for the defense declined to speak with press after the jury made its decision.