Although the attorney general’s office is not commenting on the death of 9-month-old Tayvon Tomlin at the Homestead daycare center, NBC 6 has learned the office is looking into the case.
Tomlin was found unresponsive at Lincoln Marti Child Care in Homestead in July.
On Monday, the boy’s parents and their lawyers held a press conference, playing surveillance video showing staff members trying to revive Tomlin. But attorney Stephen Cain called CPR’s efforts inadequate.
“[She] appear to breathe rescue hands in the hands without doing compressions. It’s been a few minutes and they’re rubbing his back,” Cain said. “It is not effective and comprehensive CPR.”
The Florida Department of Children and Families sets strict standards for child care centers the most recent manual.
After 40 hours of induction training, staff members must complete 10 additional hours of health and safety training, annually. This includes pediatric CPR.
In fact, at least three pediatric CPR-certified personnel are required to be on site.
When it comes to supervision, one adult is needed for every four babies. According to the lawsuit filed against the daycare, Lincoln Marti had twice as many children for one adult on the day Tayvon died.
During nap time, the state requires staff to be within sight and hearing of all children.
And if a health or safety incident occurs, DCF requires that it be documented the same day. That incident report must be given to the legal guardians.
Tayvon’s parents claim they still haven’t received this report.
Lincoln Marty’s attorney told NBC 6, “My position, and my client’s position, is that it is not appropriate to discuss matters that are currently in litigation and most importantly, that are still under investigation. My clients and I sympathize with the tragic loss this family has experienced.”
The cause of Tayvon’s death has not been determined and no charges have been filed.