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Seven-Year Old Dies of Injuries from Accident at Day Care

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Seven-year old Jordan Arredondo died Sunday from his injuries after a TV fell on top of him at a local day care. The investigation into that incident will take about 30 days.

"Whenever our child care licensing division looks at a facility, they're going to look at all of the standards, and they're going to look at the compliance history before taking any action," said John Lennan of Child Protective Services.

It was Thursday when Jordan knocked over a TV on a stand at the Mary McLeod Bethune Day Nursery on Kinney Street. He suffered fatal injuries to his head.

According to family members, Jordan passed away Sunday afternoon. His body is being preserved so that his organs can be donated.

Some of the people that knew Jordan well -- the teachers and faculty at Menger Elementary -- spoke with Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell on Monday. Polite, caring, a young man who was also described as a straight-A student -- that is how Jordan's teachers are remembering him.

"Jordan was a great student. He was a straight-A student," said Maria Sarrio, Jordan's second-grade teacher. "One of my best memories of him was this biggest smile."

Monday was a tough day, not only for Jordan's classmates but also his teachers. Jordan was a second grader at Menger Elementary. His teachers showed 3News his last artwork assignment, which he created before Spring Break. They plan to frame it and present it to his parents.

"Every day after school, he would say 'Bye Ms. Sarrio. I'll see you tomorrow,'" Sarrio said. "He always gave me a big hug. I remember that Friday, he said 'Have a great Spring Break Ms. Sarrio.' He gave me the biggest hug ever. I said 'I'll see you next Monday. No, never mind. The following Monday.'"

School councilors were on hand Monday as students returned to class without their classmate. The school principal said the school is working on honoring Jordan by buying a memorial bench to put at the school; but again, this was a child who was well-liked by both his classmates and teachers, and he will be missed.

So how can a tragic accident like the one that took Jordan's life be avoided? And as a parent, what do you need to know about your child's day care?

Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns looked into that on Monday.

Parents and caregivers have questions following a death like Jordan's, and it may be days or weeks before there are any answers.

Angie Reinford trains caregivers who work in day care centers, and she said the incident should be a cue for parents and day care operators to review their procedures and make sure they are doing what they can to keep kids safe.

However, she said the question in this case is one of supervision.

"Where was the caregiver? If the children were getting ready to watch a video, why wasn't he or she by that TV set? Why were they not the ones operating it? If the child got away, then how close in proximity was that caregiver to possibly intervene?" Reinford said.

Reinford said that for children six-eight years old, there should be one caregiver for every 26 children.

"If there were two caregivers present, I believe the max would be 35 children within that six-eight year old bracket," Reinford said.

Reinford said parents should take advantage of the State Department of Family and Protective Services website to research any day care center. That website, www.txchildcaresearch.org, can provide information ranging from what the day care has to offer to the record the business has with the child care licensing department.

Reinford said the best thing to do is visit the day care you are researching and to trust your instincts as to whether that is the one you want for your child.