• Family of child that died sues day care center

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The family of Logan Bryant has filed a lawsuit against a north Charlotte day care.
    “At this point, we're just trying to hold someone accountable for what happened to my son,” Thomas Bryant said.
    Eyewitness News dug through the lawsuit against Chesterbrook Academy and former employees Stephanie Johnson and Shanita Wright. The lawsuit says Wright put baby Logan  in a crib on his stomach, and Johnson "placed a washcloth over the head of the infant,"  and then failed to check on him "for the next hour."  Another employee found "the infant's mouth, nose, and face in the mattress and a washcloth covering” the infant's head….”covering the sides of his face.” Logan later died at the hospital. 
    “It's really been devastating to us,” Bryant said.
    The medical examiner's office report said the baby had been on his stomach, but died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.
    “For us, there's no doubt in our minds that he didn't die from SIDS,” Bryant said.
    Police are investigating former employees Johnson and Wright. The two women are facing child neglect charges, but police say they didn't cause Logan’s death. Bryant wants to know why Logan was put in a position that he says would make it difficult for the baby to breathe. 
    “My oldest son, he loved having a little brother,” Bryant said. “Every time they were around each other, the two were smiling and kind of laughing at each other.”
    Logan died on his third day of day care.
    Eyewitness News tried to reach Johnson and Wright for comment.
    Kathleen Shaffer, a spokesperson for Chesterbrook Academy, sent Eyewitness News this statement that reads:

    "Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts continue to remain with the family since the tragic loss of one of our children in June of 2013. The safety and well-being of our children are our highest priorities, and we take very seriously our obligation to comply with all childcare licensing regulations as outlined by the State of North Carolina. While we have not been provided with any information regarding the recent arrests, we can confirm that the two women involved are no longer under our employ.”

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