West Island daycare implements new measures after baby dies in car

Click to play video: 'West Island daycare announces new rules to prevent tragic accidents'
West Island daycare announces new rules to prevent tragic accidents
WATCH: An infant's tragic death after being forgotten in a car in Montreal last week has pushed one daycare to adopt a new policy. As Global's Felicia Parrillo reports, the Ile-Bizard daycare has established new rules in an effort to prevent future incidents – Jun 27, 2018

A West Island daycare is implementing new safety measures after a six-month-old baby was found dead inside a car last Friday.

Police said the father forgot to drop the baby off at daycare before going to work.

READ MORE: Baby dies inside vehicle after father forgets to drop him off at Montreal daycare

So far, no charges have been laid and police are expected to question the father this week.

At Garderie Le Petit Castel VI in Île Bizard, in Montreal’s West Island, news of the toddler’s death hit hard.

READ MORE: What kind of person could forget a child in a hot car? Anyone, experts say

“When accidents happen, we put measures in place — we must do it,” said daycare director Debbie Jolly.

Story continues below advertisement

On Tuesday, the daycare sent home a letter reminding parents to always call if their child are absent.

The daycare said it will call to check on parents who have not dropped off their children during the morning rush.

Felicia Parrillo/Global News
“That little phone call from me or one of the staff members, if the parents didn’t call [to say their child won’t be in], it’s that little extra step,” she told Global News.

“It’s a reminder that it’s important – we can’t let this go.”

Story continues below advertisement

This isn’t the first time a child’s body has been found inside a car.

READ MORE: Child dead after being found in parked car in Saint-Jérôme

In 2016, a toddler was found dead in a parked car in Saint-Jérôme after his father forgot to drop him off at daycare.

Parents in Île Bizard say they hope other daycares will make some small changes to keep children safe.

READ MORE: ‘I started screaming his name’: Devastated father speaks out after leaving baby to die in hot car

“It’s just so easy to get distracted and it’s just an accident,” said Vanessa Larche.

“I’m very happy that this measure has been put in place. It just gives us parents some extra assurance.”

According to a spokesperson for Quebec’s Family Ministry, reporting a child’s absence from daycare is not a rule in the province.

However, the ministry’s office says it applauds the initiative.

Sponsored content