Toddler Tyler Childw-Deed, 2 was admitted to the St. Luke’s Nursing Home in Houston, Texas, last week, where he died from respiratory and respiratory problems, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Tyler Childs death is the first fatality in Texas in a nursing home in the last 20 years, and a tragedy for the state, said Lori Johnson, a nursing professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
The state’s Medicaid program for nursing homes provides care for families at the facility, but the state has limited the number of beds in facilities to keep up with demand.
Children are admitted to nursing homes for about 12 weeks, often for short stays, Johnson said.
The nursing home said the facility was in compliance with state regulations.
Tyler’s father, John Childw, told ABC News he believes the nursing home didn’t have a proper training or certification.
“They have a great record,” he said.
“I’m just so angry.
This is the worst thing I could imagine happening.”
A nursing home spokesperson said the agency would review its practices in future.
The facility has not been contacted by ABC News about Tyler’s death.