Child Dies Under Bean Bag Chair at a Utah Day Care

September 13, 2016 Updated: September 13, 2016
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SALT LAKE CITY—Police say a toddler is dead after a day care worker sat on a bean bag chair the child had crawled under.

West Jordan Police Sgt. Joe Monson said Friday the child appears to have suffocated in what investigators believe was a tragic accident.

Monson says the approximately 18-month-old crawled under the beanbag on Thursday morning, though it’s not clear why.

He says the worker sat on the chair to read a story to the other children, unaware that the baby was underneath.

The child died at a hospital shortly after being discovered.

Police are investigating but don’t believe there was anything criminal involved in the death.

The child was identified as Leo Sanchez, according to CBS News.

“How could this happen?” Danielle Sanchez, the mother, told the station. “He’s a big boy. How did they lose track of him? Too many kids, too much noise, overwhelmed, a bad day … Somebody dropped the ball and now we’re going to have to bury our boy because of that.”

The daycare issued a statement: “No words adequately describe the depth of the sorrow we feel. And, of course, we do not pretend to understand how devastating this is for the family. We know the family well, we grieve with them, and we pray that God will provide them the comfort and peace they inevitably will need.”

Epoch Times contributed to this report.