DORCHESTER (CBS) – As the Department of Children and Families opens an investigation, authorities are trying to figure out how a toddler was apparently able to leave a Dorchester apartment, climb to the roof of the four-story building and then fall to his death.
Two-year-old Daylan Walker was found lying on the sidewalk outside 131 Columbia Road Wednesday morning, shortly after he wandered away from a day care on the first floor.
Walker’s grandmother, Lucrecia Rivera, told WBZ-TV he had only been going to the day care for two weeks.
It’s still not clear why the door to the roof was unlocked.
The city’s Inspectional Services Department issued a violation report Wednesday afternoon, after Walker’s death, saying that door must be “manually slammed shut to engage panic hardware.” The building owner was given 24 hours to fix the door.
Access to the building was still limited by police Thursday.
Candles and teddy bears were placed on the sidewalk Thursday near the spot where Walker was found. Dozens turned out Thursday night for a vigil in Walker’s honor.
The Department of Children and Families told WBZ it has received a report alleging abuse or neglect of a child by a caretaker related to the incident and is investigating. The specifics of that complaint were not made public.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports