July 22, 2008

Day-Care Operators Fight for License

The parents of a 2-year-old boy who strangled accidentally on a slide at his California day-care center plan to testify for the couple who were caring for him.

Harold and Bertha Taylor of East San Jose do not face criminal charges for the death of Coby Hofmann. But the state is seeking to have their license to operate a day-care center revoked permanently, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Jeff Hofmann told the newspaper that he and his wife plan to testify Wednesday at a hearing.

We believe in them and know they are good people, Hofmann said in a phone interview. It was an accident. Being angry with people, being enraged or suing, it's not going to bring Coby back.

On Monday, Harold Taylor described Coby's death. He said that his wife gave the little boy an old hooded sweatshirt with a drawstring before the children went outside to play.

The drawstring got caught as Coby went down a slide, asphyxiating him.

While other relatives of children at the day-care center showed up to support the Taylors, Kimberly Kim of the state Department of Social Services said that Harold Taylor was not watching the children at the time but was about 10 or 15 feet away.