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Mother wants justice after son dies at Dorchester daycare

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DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - Several hours after a 2-year-old boy fell from a Dorchester building and died his mother is saying she wants answers.

Investigators are trying to figure out how Daylan Walker made it to the roof and fell several stories.

“I don’t know how the child got upstairs but obviously in some way this young person was not being paid attention to at that point,” said City Councillor Tito Jackson.

It’s unclear how the toddler got out of the daycare, but his mother says he had only been at the daycare for a short time.

“He’s been going to that daycare for two weeks and a half. How a 2-year-old baby got out of her house on the first floor and reached the roof, how? This is not fair. Nothing like that should be done to any mother. My son was just a baby, was just growing up. I want justice for my son, I want justice. This death of my son cannot just stay like that, we need to find out what really happened,” Daylan’s mother Leonella Rivera said.

Rivera said she dropped her son off before going to work. At 9:00 a.m., the daycare texted her a picture of him saying he was okay but about 15 minutes later she got a call from police that he was dead.

Inspectional Services confirmed Thursday morning that the agency cited operators of the building for having problems with the door to the roof. The automatic closing mechanism wasn't working and they ordered it fixed.

Mayor Marty Walsh addressed the tragedy, saying that police will get to the bottom of what happened.

"It is a terrible tragedy," Walsh said. "You know, it was in my head all night last night. When somebody drops their child off to a day care, things like this shouldn't be happening."

The Department of Children and Families is also involved in the investigation.

The daycare has been shut down pending investigation.

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