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Child injured at North Las Vegas daycare dies

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Police said 10-month-old Jonathan Lopez suffered brain damage when he was dropped into a playpen. (Source: FOX5) Police said 10-month-old Jonathan Lopez suffered brain damage when he was dropped into a playpen. (Source: FOX5)
Alejandra Robles (Source: NLVPD) Alejandra Robles (Source: NLVPD)

There will likely be a change in charges against an unlicensed child caregiver in connection to an infant who suffered brain damage.

The child, Jonathan Lopez, died last Saturday.

Smiley Faces Daycare, located on Penthouse Place in Las Vegas, featured no signs or décor indicating it was a daycare.

Last November, police were called to the home and found then-7-month-old Jonathan unresponsive and struggling to breathe.

Police said 36-year-old Alejandra Robles eventually admitted to throwing Jonathan against a playpen. A police report from the February arrest indicated Smiley Faces Daycare was not licensed.

“If there [are] too many children attention is being diverted and there could be accidents. That person can get overwhelmed,” said Patricia Haddad with Prevent Child Abuse Nevada.

It’s recommended that a daycare only have two infants to one caregiver. A caregiver shouldn’t be looking after more than six children over the age of 2.

“If that person isn’t licensed then you definitely need to be doing those checks yourself, asking those different questions [concerning] background checks, child development,” Haddad said.

Prevent Child Abuse Nevada regularly holds classes that teach parents how to choose a daycare. The best tools, Haddad said, are your own eyes and ears.

“If there is something like one person and 10 children, you need to think about what kind of capacity there is for that, especially if they’re all different age ranges,” she said. “The number one thing we find most common for fatalities is children in a situation where there’s one adult and a child which just won’t stop crying.”

Robles was charged with child abuse or neglect with substantial bodily or mental harm. North Las Vegas police said an investigation is ongoing.  

Haddad suggests parents visit NV Silver State Stars for a database of daycare centers and information of their licenses.

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