‘I’m so hurt’: Family demands answers after boy with special needs dies at medical day care

MELBOURNE, Fla. — A local family is demanding answers after their 13-year-old boy with special needs died while in a medical day care.


The facility is closed, but the family of 13-year-old Tarionn Jackson-Hanner is still looking for answers after his death.

During a news conference at the Angels on Earth medical day care, the boy’s mother said she fought for her son his whole life.

“What helps me the most is just thinking about the good times, his smile, his unconditional love that he displayed to each and every person that he came in contact with,” said Tarionn’s mother Kiyana Durham. “My faith in God, most importantly, because without that, I don’t know how anybody would be able to even fathom this.”

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He was born premature and had a host of medical conditions that required continuous, uninterrupted supervision.

Tarionn’s family said employees of the business also knew he had a history of placing foreign objects in his mouth.

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Family says he was left alone last November and the teen choked to death on a latex glove.

“It’s, it’s awful, it’s something that I’m gonna have to live with for the rest of my life,” said Tarionn’s father Tarence Hanner. “I never got a chance to really, to be the father and I, I would like to be to him.”

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office still has an open death investigation.

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The family said they are suing the facility for negligence.

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