11-month-old hurt after falling from YMCA daycare changing table in Naples

Reporter: Claire Galt Writer: Matthew Seaver
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An 11-month old was strapped to a gurney and flown to Golisano Children’s Hospital after investigators say he fell from a changing table at daycare in Naples. That little boy’s family wants to know how that could happen.

Angel, the 11-month-old, is doing better after being released from the hospital. Angel’s parents told WINK News that doctors said that could change, so they must monitor him.

With a hospital bracelet wrapped around his tiny hand, an IV stuck in his bandaged arm, a bruise on his forehead, and a cut on his little nose, Angel needed an angel.

11-month-old Angel. (Credit: Shared with WINKL News)

“She gives me a call, you know, crying, saying that the baby’s unconscious and not letting them see he’s in the ambulance, you know, and all of a sudden, you know, she sees a helicopter coming in to pick him up,” said Angels’ dad Brayan Guisandes.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said Angel fell off a changing table and hit his head at the Naples YMCA daycare on Wednesday.

On Thursday, WINK News met Angel and spoke to his dad Brayan Guisandes and his mom, Alejandra Fajardo.

The parents said when Alejandra found out what happened, she immediately asked the daycare to call an ambulance.

“They’re telling her to come pick him up to take him to the hospital. And, you know, she’s telling them, you know, please call the ambulance. You know, it’s a hard hit. Anything can happen,” said Guisandes.

Deputies said that 45 minutes after Angel fell, a daycare worker called 911.

“He’s starting to fall asleep. I don’t know if he’s tired or because of the head injury. It’s not that bad,” said a daycare worker on the 911 call.

The injury was bad enough that Angel spent the night at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

“We were just praying that there was no physical damage inside his head,” Guisandes said.

Angel is back home and doing better, but Fajardo and Guisandes said they still don’t understand how this happened.

“We have to face life, go to work, and trust someone else, to you know, take care of a child and just think that they’re doing it the right way, you know, but it’s not the case,” said Guisandes.

The YMCA says it’s conducting an internal investigation but says the safety of children in their care is its top priority, and they will continue reviewing training policies.

Angel’s parents do not plan to send him to that daycare anymore.

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