We’re learning more about a tragic death of a young child yesterday in East Vancouver.
Vancouver police were called to the area of Commercial drive and Kitchener st. yesterday around 4 p.m. after receiving a report of a dead child.
Now sources tell CKNW, the victim was a one-and-a-half-year-old boy who choked from a cord around his neck.
Sources also tell CKNW it happened at a home daycare.
Neighbor in area tells me, 1 1/2 yr old boy choked from cord, good friend of boy's parents confirm the same and child was at a home daycare— Emily Lazatin (@EmilyLazatin980) January 19, 2017
Another good friend of boy's parents confirm to me it was a 1 1/2 year child who choked at a home daycare in East Vancouver.— Emily Lazatin (@EmilyLazatin980) January 19, 2017
CKNW has canvassed daycares in the area, but have yet to confirm the incident happened at one.
However, the B.C. Coroner’s service does confirm that the death did not happen at the victim’s family’s home.
Officials have not confirmed the cause of death of the young child, but police say it does not appear suspicious.
The VPD says the investigation is ongoing, with officers remaining on scene and access to the home restricted for now “out of an abundance of caution.”
Finding out what the regulations are for daycare in B.C. is almost as tricky as finding available daycare itself.
The first thing to keep in mind is that there are several different categories; among them is “unlicensed” daycare.
It’s officially named Licensed-Not-Required Family Child Care which allows for anyone who wants to to look after two children other than their own, and there’s no age limit from birth to 12-years-old.
Jumping up to full blown Licensed Family Child Care, the rules are much more detailed; up to seven children are allowed but no more than one child younger than 12 months old.
So what’s the difference for working parents? Cost.
While an unlicensed Full-Time care can be as much as $800 per month you can find it cheaper, for Licensed Family Child Care you’re looking at around $1,400 a child per month full time.
A GoFundMe page has been set up on behalf of the family.