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Toddler Dies After Being Trapped Under Bean Bag Chair At Daycare

HKC News September 2016A one-year-old Utah boy is dead after suffocating under a bean bag chair at a daycare. It’s believed an adult sat on the chair unaware the boy was under it.

A one-year-old Utah boy is dead after suffocating while under a bean bag chair at a daycare.

Leonardo Sanchez, 1, was days away from his second birthday when he died after what police are describing as an “unfortunate accident.”

“I want to know why my baby’s gone,” Leonardo’s mother, Danielle Sanchez, said to NBC affiliate, KSL News.

According to officials, Leonardo was playing with other kids at a daycare centre on Sept. 8 when he went to hide under bean bag chairs. That’s when it’s believed an adult – who Sanchez said is a worker at the centre – sat on one of the chairs.

“It was a pile of bean bags and he was stuck under it while a teacher sat on it to read a story for at least five minutes,” Sanchez explained to KSL News. “And when they pulled him out he wasn’t responsive.”

Now, Sanchez is demanding answers.

“How many kids were in the room? How many teachers were watching them? Why wasn’t he kept track of? He’s not a small child, he’s two – he’s going to be two.”

Tom Hudachko, director of communications for the Utah department of health, said they are currently investigating the incident.

“We’ve had a licensor out this morning whose been inspecting the facility, and speaking with the staff and speaking with the owners.”

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

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