The children went swimming and afterward climbed back in the 2002 Toyota Sequoia, which had no child-safety seats. They were taken to the Versailles Garden apartment complex, in the 7800 block of North Colony Circle in Tamarac, Coleman said, where the children were supposed to go inside one of the units, have a snack and take a nap.
But Jordan fell asleep in the SUV, lying down on the seat. He stayed there, Coleman said, until his cousin asked, “Where’s JoJo?”
“That’s when they realized JoJo was missing,” she said.
Jordan may have been in the SUV for up to two hours, with outside temperatures in the low 90s and likely feeling much hotter.
By the time they found him, it was too late. One woman from a nearby unit performed CPR, and paramedics took Jordan to Broward Health Coral Springs. There, he was declared dead.
Now his family is finding comfort in their faith.
“We wish we could have had more time with him,” Coleman said. “But God saw fit to take him home early.”
Coleman’s mother — Jordan’s great-grandmother — said the family had to find a way to forgive. But Coleman said it was hard, especially with the lies that the day-care employees told them at first.
They said Jordan had pneumonia, but he had gone to school a perfectly healthy boy. They said Jordan collapsed while playing, but they knew that, too, was a lie because his cousin — one of those Three Musketeers — saw what unfolded.
Now the family has to figure out how to break the news to the 3-year-old cousin, a little girl, who says “My JoJo is in the hospital. He’s getting better.”
“We haven’t told her yet what happened,” Coleman said. “Every time you mention his name, she goes into the same story of what happened. We haven’t told her yet that he’s gone.”