A Northeastern Pennsylvania couple has filed a wrongful death claim against a
Philadelphia day care agency, alleging the negligence on the part of those entrusted to watch the plaintiffs’ young daughter led to the child’s death last fall.
Attorneys Shanin Specter and Jason L. Pearlman, of the Philadelphia firm Kline & Specter, filed the civil action Aug. 24 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Jude and Sarah Saleet, who currently reside in Bethlehem, Pa.
The defendant named in the complaint is Philadelphia-based Apple Blossom Learning Tree Day School.
The lawsuit states that Logan Saleet, who was seven months old at the time, died on Oct. 5, 2011, after being left unattended for a near hour-long period at the day care facility, which is located at 1601 Lombard St.
According to the complaint, Logan was rocked to sleep by an employee of the defendant, who then placed the child into a crib, leaving the child unchecked from 3:45 in the afternoon until 4:30 that day.
During that time, the young girl ended up choking to death on her own vomit, the suit claims.
It was around 4:30 when Jude Saleet went to pick up his daughter, and discovered, along with day care workers, that the girl had perished.
Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and administered CPR to Logan, the suit states, but they were unable to revive the girl.
The child was then transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was pronounced dead at 5:01 p.m. on that day, according to the lawsuit.
The complaint accuses the defendant of negligence for failing to care for Logan Saleet as she vomited, choked and died; failing to properly administer life-saving measures to the child; failing to provide properly trained and educated personnel to care for children at Apple Blossom; failing to provide appropriate and necessary instructions, guidelines and policies regarding emergency response; failing to properly monitor and supervise children at Apple Blossom; and failing to provide child care services in a manner prescribed by law.
In addition to the wrongful death and survival action counts, the lawsuit contains a claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress.
The plaintiffs seek damages in excess of $50,000, plus interest, litigation costs and delay damages.
A jury trial has been demanded.
The case ID number is 120802621.