Parents of infant who died at unlicensed Hampton daycare sue owners
The parents of a 2-month-old boy who died when left alone in a crib for more than two hours filed a civil lawsuit in Allegheny County on Wednesday against the owners of an unlicensed Hampton day care center.
Ronald and Leanne Talik of West Deer sued as individuals and on behalf of the estate of Connor Patrick Talik, who died on Nov. 29, 2012, at the home of Edward and Lynn Schmidt, the day care operators.
According to the complaint, Leanne Talik took Connor to the Schmidts' home about 7:15 a.m. that day.
Lynn Schmidt placed Connor on his stomach in an upstairs bedroom at 8:30 a.m. and returned at 10:54 a.m. to find him not breathing and unresponsive.
Connor was transported by ambulance to UPMC Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:53 a.m.
The Taliks say the day care operators had a duty to keep their son safe and claim the Schmidts were negligent by placing Connor on his stomach, not checking on him, failing to promptly call 911 and for operating a day care center without a license.
They seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, and emotional distress caused by their son's death.
The Schmidts could not be reached for comment.
Adam Brandolph is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-391-0927 or email@example.com.
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