The mother of a toddler who died at an unlicensed East Vancouver daycare has penned an open letter to Premier Christy Clark.
Baby Macallan Saini’s mother Shelley Sheppard is asking the Premier to put herself in Sheppard’s shoes.
She says she will never get over the loss, and no words will make the tragedy go away.
Calling her son’s death ‘preventable’, she wants the province to establish a registry, allowing parents to evaluate daycares with positive or negative reviews.
“I wish that other parents could report their past experiences and concerns about a day care and that prospective parents could have easy access to this information in order to make an informed decision. I believe that all day care providers need to be registered so that we as parents can make the best decisions for the safety of our children.”
Sheppard, a social worker herself, recounts how she and Baby Mac’s father, Chris, tried countless times to find another daycare after Baby Mac was injured at a licensed one.
“Only two providers returned my call. Both of these day cares had seven children and were run by people that I strongly felt were not able to safely manage that many children.”
The letter says there was no other option but to put Macallan in one of those unlicensed daycares.
He died on his second day there, allegedly choking on cord at the home on Kitchener Street.
The Vancouver Police Department is still investigating Macallan’s death.