Family Sues Minneapolis Child Care Center after Death of 3-Year-Old

July 12, 2018 12:08 PM

The video above first aired Dec. 8, 2017.


A Minneapolis child care facility and one of its employees are being sued for wrongful death following the death of a 3-year-old boy. 

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The family of Hamza Mohamed Abdillahi filed a lawsuit against Minnesota Best Childcare Center and Aden Kadiye on Monday.

According to the lawsuit, on June 2, 2017, Abdillahi left a van belonging to Minnesota Best Childcare Center and was struck by a passing vehicle. Kadiye was driving the van at the time of the incident, the lawsuit says. 

Abdillahi was unable to be resuscitated at an area hospital and was pronounced dead, according to a Department of Human Services report. 
RELATED: Minneapolis Child Care Center's License Revoked after DHS Investigation Reconsideration

The family of Abdillahi is seeking up to $150,000 in damages.

A lawyer who has represented Abdillahi's family released a statement Wednesday.

"The main subject that every parent should be concerned about is the safety of their children while in daycare. We trust that our children are safe," Abdinasir Abdulahi said. "This family trusted that Hamza would be safe while under the care of MN Best.  A daycare ran by a fellow Somalian. Our children should not die while under the care of people we trusted to take care of them."

KSTP attempted to reach Minnesota Best Childcare Center by phone, however, the person who answered said the number no longer belonged to the business.

After Minnesota Best Childcare Center had its license originally revoked by DHS last December, a subsequent investigative memo stated "(DHS) was made aware of new information that contradicted information received during the administrative reconsideration" and maltreatment was not determined. Minnesota Best Childcare Center's license status is now listed as "Pending Reopening." 

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