Day care worker shut off child safety alarm in hot van where boy, 2, was found dead: Report

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A photo of Noah Sneed is held during a gathering to honor his life with a candlelight memorial in front of the Ceressa’s Enrichment and Empowerment Academy in Oakland Park, Fla., July 30, 2019. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

A day care worker turned off what could have been a life-saving alarm in a van where a 2-year-old boy died after he was left inside for hours on a scorching Florida day, according to a new report.

The staff member told investigators she shut off the safety alarm — which would have alerted her if a child was inside the vehicle — before letting the children exit and leaving the van, according to a report by the Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement.

Staff members are required to turn the alarm off only when they “physically inspect each seat” in the vehicle, according to the report.

Noah Sneed was left inside the vehicle on July 29 and was found dead by a day care employee Ceressa’s Daycare and Preschool in Oakland Park five hours later, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

It was not clear in the report, which didn’t list any employee names, if it was the same worker.

Temperatures that day reached 91 degrees.

PHOTO: The body of 2-yr-old Noah Sneed is transported to the Broward County coroners office, July 30, 2019, in Broward, Fla.
The body of 2-yr-old Noah Sneed is transported to the Broward County coroner’s office, July 30, 2019, in Broward, Fla.

The report found other failings in the day care’s conduct, including not properly keeping a log of the children and not properly securing Noah in his seat.

On the morning of his death, staff members did not fill out an attendance sheet for the children because the director who normally did so was not there, according to the report.

As for how Noah was transported in the van, he was not put in a federally-approved child safety seat as required for children under three years old. Instead, he was placed in his seat and secured by a seat belt, the report stated.

PHOTO: Chanese Sneed, the mother of Noah Sneed hugs Noahs father Tony Bell during a gathering to honor his life with a candlelight memorial in front of the Ceressas Daycare & Preschool Center, July 30, 2019, in Oakland Park, Fla.
Chanese Sneed, the mother of Noah Sneed hugs Noah’s father Tony Bell during a gathering to honor his life with a candlelight memorial in front of the Ceressa’s Daycare & Preschool Center, July 30, 2019, in Oakland Park, Fla.more +

Following the report’s release, the daycare “surrendered their license” and permanently closed, Broward County spokesman William Karp told ABC News. Homicide detectives with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the boy’s death.

Noah was the 24th child to die in a hot car this year in the U.S., according to national nonprofit KidsAndCars.org. Since his death, five more children have died in hot cars.

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