Four-month-old Santino Degenhard died over a year-and-a-half ago, and today it was learned that his parents, both Fort Bragg Soldiers have filed suit against the U.S. government for wrongful death.
Jason and Rachel Degenhard, parents of Santino, allege that their son was left face-down on a vinyl mat “in violation of state law and the daycare’s policy” and they were subsequently forced to make a decision that is every parent’s nightmare, to remove their baby from life-support.
Baby Degenhard, “Sonny”, was allowed to pass peacefully at Cape Fear Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C., six days following the incident.
According to the FayObserver.com the negligence was caught on surveillance video on March 9, 2012, approximately two hours after the infant’s mother, Rachel, dropped him off at the daycare facility.
The $10 million lawsuit will ask the court to determine if the daycare on post is at fault for the infant’s severe brain damage from what the coroner determined to be “positional asphyxiation."
The daycare center, formerly known Pope Child Development Center on Armistead Street has been renamed Eagle Child Development Center.
There has been no comment from Fort Bragg officials.
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