CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A mother speaks out for the first time since her infant's death. The child died at a home daycare. It was later discovered to be running illegally. The family and their attorney tells our Caroline Fountain they want to see the woman charged with their son's death.
"He lit up any room he was in. He laughed all the time. He was the happiest baby," said Danielle London.
Q: "What are things that you miss?"
A: "I miss carrying him, holding him. Everywhere I went chase was with me. I miss looking in my rearview mirror and seeing his car seat. I miss his brother holding him. I miss him sleeping on his father's chest. I miss everything about him."
Baby Chase died of suffocation at a home daycare in Charlotte. It was later discovered that it was operating illegally. The owner is charged, but not in the infant's death.
Q: "When you got the phone call, went to the hospital. Walk me through all that."
A: "I was working. I had a missed call from the daycare. I called her back and immediately she said, 'Danielle get here, just get here.' I immediately went limp. Just hearing her voice. I knew something had happened. I said, tell me what happened. She said, 'just get here'. We got to the hospital and the doctor met us in the room. I heard those words a parent never wants to hear. That they tried all they could do, but he didn't make it."
Baby Chase would have celebrated his first birthday on July 27.
"On Tuesday we did a balloon release. We had family in town. We thought it was a beautiful way to celebrate his life. We'll celebrate him every year. He's still our son. He'll always be our son."
That's why this mom is opening up for the first time. For her little boy chase. The family's lawyer says they're fighting to get results.
"We are asking that the community stand behind the London family, encourage the state government and local government to pursue criminal charges beyond operating an illegal daycare. There are harsher penalties available and we're asking that the government pursue those," said Lakai Vinson, the family’s attorney.
Q: “What has brought you to this point today to share your story?"
A: "All I know is my son is not here to speak for himself and that somebody needs to do it. Who better to do it than his parents?"