Day Care Where Child Died Remains Open

Family accepting donations for funeral costs

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    The day care where a 3-year-old boy was left in a van on Friday was open Monday, while the police and CPS investigations continue. (Published Monday, Jul 23, 2012)

    The Dallas day care center where a 3-year-old boy died in a hot van Friday was still open Monday but could be closed after a state investigation.

    Dallas police said 3-year-old Benjamin Price was left in a van outside the day care after a field trip.

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    [DFW] Day Care Reopens Just Days After Child Dies
    The day care where a 3-year-old boy was left in a van on Friday is open Monday -- though some parents are planning to find a new place to keep their children. (Published Monday, Jul 23, 2012)

    Texas Child Protective Services opened its investigation Monday into Little T's Tiny Tot Day Care at 2253 South Buckner Boulevard near Bruton Road. CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said the day care has already been ordered to stop transporting children.

    Police are also considering criminal charges.

    "There's No Place You Wouldn't Know He Was There"

    [DFW] "There's No Place You Wouldn't Know He Was There"
    Family members share their grief and anger over the death of 3-year-old Benjamin Price, left in a hot van outside a Dallas day care after a field trip. (Published Friday, Jul 20, 2012)

    Lt. Scott Walton said Friday that Price may have been in the van for two to two and a half hours after returning from a field trip to see a movie.

    The high at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was 105 degrees Friday.

    Family members told NBC 5 the day care didn't realize Price was still asleep in the van until his grandmother came to pick him up.

    Kisha Allen, Price's cousin, said his family is struggling to raise money for a funeral.

    "Right now, the biggest concern is laying Benji to rest," she said. "Right now, as a family, we're working to pull together everything that we can so that he can get the funeral he deserves."

    The family has set up a Facebook page called In Loving Memory of Benjamin C. Price. The family is taking donations via PayPal to help the family with funeral costs.

    NBC 5's Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.