Family of infant who died at Eugene daycare files multi-million dollar lawsuit

The lawsuit said Nicole Sumpter left William alone for a period of time and when she returned, she discovered him breathing shallowly.

Posted: Oct 5, 2019 10:13 AM
Updated: Oct 5, 2019 10:38 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – The family of a child who died after he was found unconscious at a Eugene daycare has filed a $9.3 million lawsuit.

Prosecutors said 9-month-old William Cannon was found in Nicole Sumpter’s care, at the Little Big Blessings daycare back in August of 2018.

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The lawsuit, which was filed against Sumpter and the state, said a caseworker told Sumpter it wasn’t safe to let an infant sleep propped up on a boppy pillow in a bassinet after William was found in that position in April of 2018.

It claims the caseworker did discuss proper sleep practices with Sumpter and provided her with a sleep practices pamphlet.

According to the lawsuit, the state “failed to return to Little Big Blessings to assure that Ms. Sumpter was actually complying with [the] basic rules until after William went comatose on August 22, 2018.”

The lawsuit said on August 22, 2018, Sumpter left William alone "on the same boppy pillow" for a period of time. It said when she returned, she discovered him breathing shallowly. The lawsuit said, “William’s subsequent autopsy confirms that he lacked substantial oxygen for at least several hours.”

Furthermore, it claims Sumpter stopped CPR for at least five minutes when the grandparent of another child in her care arrived to pick that child up. The lawsuit continues by saying Sumpter held William in her arms while she accepted payment from the grandparent, before continuing CPR.

The lawsuit said William never woke up from his coma and later died.

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