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.
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.
“When accidents happen, we put measures in place — we must do it,” said daycare director Debbie Jolly.
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.
“That little phone call from me or one of the staff members, if the parents didn’t call , it’s that little extra step,” she told Global News.
“It’s a reminder that it’s important – we can’t let this go.”
This isn’t the first time a child’s body has been found inside a car.
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.
“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.
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