BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick wants a complete review of how day care operators handle transportation after a 17-month-old boy was found dead in a van outside a day care center in Dorchester.

Police said it appears Gabriel Josh-Cazir Pierre was left in the van undetected for several hours Monday, before the van driver found him.

There have been no charges in the investigation at this point.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

Patrick offered condolences to the boy’s family.

He told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Wednesday that tighter policies may not have made a difference in this case.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

“I’m not sure that policy is going to necessarily deal with what seems like a pretty profound lack of responsibility by the driver. But, that’s based on the limited information that I have at this point,” Patrick said.

“We will certainly do what we can to try to understand what happened and if there is something that needs to be done in terms of policy changes to fix it.”

State investigators are trying to figure out how the driver, Luis Matos, failed to notice the boy.  Friends of Matos said he’s in the hospital as a result of stress.

Matos was supposed to take the child to another day care center in Dorchester.

The state Department of Early Education and Care said day care facilities aren’t required to notify parents if children don’t arrive as scheduled.

A spokesperson for the department told WBZ-TV, “We will look at all our policies and procedures to try to prevent this from happening again.”

In a statement, Chairman J. D. Chesloff of the Board of Early Education and Care announced that a comprehensive review will be conducted:

“It is our responsibility to do everything within our power to prevent this from ever happening again. Therefore, I am convening a special committee to conduct a thorough review of the statutes, regulations, and policies involved in this matter and to research best practices.”

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez contributed to this report.

Comments (10)
  1. peter walsh says:

    What is the difference between the dayacre cnter’s total lack of responsubility and your (Mr. Patrick) total lack of responsibility enforcing a Federal Law. Your total lack of responsibility caused a death in Milford.

    1. T McCarthy says:

      I couldn’t agree more…If this story wasn’t so very very sad..the fact that Deval even uses the line “lack of responsibility” at all would be hilarious, since he shows a complete “lack of responsibility” in running the Commonwealth.

    2. A says:

      Different skin color ?

      Since it apparently has nothing to do with votes and the mere notion that
      illegals are not booted out because they vote for him is ridiculous, what else
      am I supposed to think

      This state is a joke. While other states probably aren’t better, I can’t wait until I have MA in my rearview mirror

    3. Jen says:

      I was going to say the same thing, I couldn’t agree more.

  2. grace says:

    I can’t believe there isn’t a law to check on the child if he was scheduled to be at daycare. That could have prevented this if the mom had said, the van picked him up and then there wouldn’t have been a 6 hour delay. I have never had to use daycare and these are the stories that make me glad I’m able to stay home. For those of you who have really good daycares, hold on to them, because apprently there are some really lousy ones.

  3. Tracy says:

    Every parent must call their childs school if they are going to be home for the day. why should day care centers be any different. My daughters 2 year old goes to a home day care and when she doesnt drop her off, her provider calls. This is “HER” policy. Mr Patrick, what do you have to say about that?

  4. Cis says:

    wow – no policy to call parents or emergency contacts if kid is a no show. the schools call, why are daycares licensed by the state exempt ? in light of this i’m so grateful my son’s daycare doesn’t need state policy to do the right thing. if he’s not there by 8am I get a call, if they can’t reach me they call the next 3 emergency contacts just like his school would.

  5. Joe says:

    Let me start by saying this is a horrific tragedy. An infant is dead and it appears that a good man made the worst irresponsible mistake of his life. He probably wishes he was dead instead, I would.

    That being said, where was the call for “a review of policy” when Matthew was dragged to a horrible death by an illegal driving drunk? A guy who had a rap sheet including assaulting a cop. A guy who should have been deported under existing law. Oh wait DUVAL, I forgot……. You spoke out in July against the very law that would have saved this young mans life.

    You gave a town common speech in Milford this summer. You expressed your concern for how some people would feel knowing they were being watched. You seemed to feel quite concerned about the emotional distress they might possibly endure.

    Here’s a news flash Einstein. The only people who would “suffer” are illegals who get arrested for committing a crime. Wow, there is a novel idea. If you get arrested and are hear illegally we tell immigration so they can investigate further. Why did you not call for a full investigation into why this federal law was not adopted by Massachusetts? Oh, that’s right…. BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT IT ADOPTED YOU PIECE OF GARBAGE!

    It’s all about the potential votes democrats will lose if you deport your supporters. It’s all about politics isn’t it governor? Ya know what? You disgrace and disgust me so much that I can’t even call you governor anymore. A governor is a leader. A person who does the right thing regardless of politics. You duval are no governor. Never have and never will be. Your a disgrace to this state and most importantly to Matthew and his family. You let them down in the biggest way possible.

    I hope that thing called karma haunts you for the rest of your life.

  6. mom2one says:

    I would like to know why the daycare this child was supposed to be at did not call the mother or the driver and ask where he was. He was missing for many hours, someone should have called the mother looking for him. The daycare is also responsible for the child.

  7. al4624 says:

    How the hell could this happen? I am so horrified and i am soooo very sorry sweety for your loss of your beautiful baby boy. may he rest in peace. this is just awful….

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