CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Chase London was three-months-old when he died of suffocation at a home daycare in October of last year. It was later discovered that it was an illegal daycare. The woman running the daycare is facing charges, but not for the baby's death.
"What do you need?" I asked Chase’s father.
"My son back," he said.
How do you reply to something like that? You can't.
A picture of Chase sits on the table in front of his father.
"It's a struggle, it's a challenge because you look at the picture and he has so much life, so much joy and laughter in him. Not to be able to feel him, the warmth of his body, to comb through his hair. I miss that so much," he said.
Chase’s father tells FOX 46 he would like to see someone held accountable for his son’s death.
"I think I would want to see someone held accountable for any death of an innocent life. I think that one of the bigger challenges is affordable daycare. it's hard for most people to afford $250-350 a week."
It’s a struggle I’ve heard from my own friends and acquaintances, but this story jabs at the heart.
The Londons have another son, Chris, that was at the daycare when the incident occurred. He’s also young, and wasn’t fully aware of the circumstances of the incident, but the boys’ father says he knew something was wrong.
"Chris definitely knew something was wrong. The car seat chase sat in was now empty,” the father said,
He tells his older son about his little brother. He tells him that little Chase is an angel in heaven looking down.
Chase’s father tells us that he would tell his little angel to "keep watching us. keep being with us. That's what I would say."
The family has started a GoFundMe page for SIDS awareness, click here if you would like to help.