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Phoenix Arizona – Special Needs Child Left in Hot Van at Day Care Center

By Sara Powell, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Quest Alliance, a day care center for special needs children located in Phoenix, Arizona, is charged with negligence for the second time after 6-year-old Tanner was left in a hot van, in the middle of the day, for more than an hour.

In 2007, Quest Alliance was charged with negligence after Jason Allan, who was an autistic 8-year-old, wandered away from the facility and was later found dead in a nearby canal. Allan had drowned.

The incident involving Tanner is now the second incident of negligence from this day care center. Luckily, Tanner was rushed to the hospital after his mother, Tracy Roberts arrived at the day care center and found her boy strapped and locked in the car. At the hospital, Tanner was pumped with fluids and later sent home.

It is unfathomable that this negligence not only happened once, but also happened twice. Although Quest Alliance took immediate action after the 2007 incident by devising a corrective plan to attempt to avoid future incidents from taking place. Clearly, something went wrong again. Employees working at day care centers especially need to be more aware of their surroundings and the children under their care, supervision, and guidance. There is no excuse for children wandering off, or children being locked in day care vans. Parents need to make sure that the day care centers they leave their children with are well equipped with precautionary measures, rules, and protocols.

For more information on this incident, see “Arizona Day Care Under Investigation After Boy Left in Sweltering Van.”

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