Just a moment later, an employee came over to sit down on the chair and read to other kids — and apparently lost track of Leonardo, who suffocated under the weight of the employee.
After approximately 15 minutes, employees notice he was missing, and eventually found him and rushed him to the hospital — but it was too late for Leonardo. Police believe he died under that beanbag chair.
Danielle Sanchez, the boy's mother, spoke to reporters, saying:
"I'm so confused on how you don't know where my kid is. How do you not feel him? How do you not hear him scream?"
She sounded understandably distraught after this unimaginable, ridiculous tragedy, as she continued:
"I dropped him off at daycare not realizing I would never be able to hold him again. Somebody dropped the ball and now we're going to have to bury a boy because of that."
The daycare released a statement about the incident, saying:
"We regret deeply the tragic death of a young toddler at our daycare facility … 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."
According to a media finding, this daycare has been cited twice in the last five years for a lack of supervision, as well as for a hole in their fence where authorities felt a child could have escaped.
So, so sad.
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The brunette shared a sweet photo with her former flame and penned a heartbreaking caption in his memory.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
"My deepest love goes out to those who saw jose as more than an athlete, but as a passionate, raw human being. The heart break is unbearable. There was so much more to him than anyone could even begin to understand. I'm fortunate enough to have loved and be loved by jose, and his family, for over 3 crazy beautiful years."
Miz Mendoza admitted she will always love the 24-year-old, and told her followers to never take moments with their loved ones for granted, adding: