DAY CARE WORKER INDICTED IN DEATH OF 4-YEAR-OLD BOY
- BSO Case Number: TM12-08-00056 (UPDATE)
- PIO Number: 12-9-17 (12-8-4)
- Date: August 1, 2012
- Time: 4:24 p.m.
- Place of Occurrence: 7806 N. Colony Cir., Tamarac
- Jurisdiction: Tamarac
- Jordan Coleman, male, age 4, 07/24/08, 2651 N.W. 60th Way, Sunrise (DECEASED)
- Paris Ward, female, age 19, 12/08/92, 18064 S.W. 20th St., Miramar (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
A 20-year-old employee of a day care center who left a 4-year-old boy locked in a sweltering SUV for two-and-a-half hours was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury for her role in his death. Paris Ward was charged with one count of aggravated manslaughter for the Aug. 1 death of Jordan Coleman, who had just turned 4. Jordan was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after being found unconscious in the SUV.
For the children visiting the 3C’s Day Academy in Sunrise, August 1 began around 9 a.m. with a trip to a community pool in Lauderdale Lakes. Around 11:30 a.m., the employees took the children, who ranged in age from infants to age 5, from the pool and headed to a park for lunch. Around 1:15 p.m., Ward and another 3C’s employee loaded eight of the children, including Jordan, into the 3C’s black Toyota Sequoia. They were heading to a friend’s Tamarac apartment to take a nap. Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives said that the employees were making an effort to stay away from the Sunrise facility because they had too many children in their care and had run into trouble with county inspectors before for such a violation. There was only one booster seat in the vehicle for all eight children.
Around 1:15 p.m., Ward and the other employee parked the Sequoia in the parking lot of the Versailles apartments, 7806 Colony Circle, and walked the children upstairs to apt. #202. They didn’t realize at the time they only had seven children with them. Around 3:45 p.m. they returned to the SUV, and Ward saw Jordan lying unconscious across a back seat. She pulled him out of the SUV and onto the grass. Ward initially lied about how Jordan became unconscious, telling her coworker and a BSO homicide detective that he inexplicably collapsed while getting into the SUV. About two hours into the investigation, she tearfully admitted the truth to another BSO detective.Tamarac Fire Rescue paramedics attempted to revive Jordan and transported him to Broward Health Coral Springs, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The 3Cs Day Academy, which is located at 2125 N.W. 72nd Terr. in Sunrise, has been closed since Jordan’s death. The incident happened at the Versailles apartment complex, 7806 N. Colony Cir. in Tamarac. BSO’s Homicide Unit continues to investigate the death.
- INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Dets. Foster, Kogan, Tutler, Sgt. Ellwood Tamarac FR, Crime Scene, Tamarac
- THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 09/13/12 1300