Dad speaks out after son's grilled cheese death at Harlem Pre-K

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Elijah's family said that his pre-kindergarten school knew that he had a severe allergy to dairy when an adult gave him the grilled cheese.

The school issued a statement Wednesday, saying it is cooperating with all city agencies and conducting its own investigation. He had a severe dairy allergy, and his parents say the school knew about it.

According to WPIX, the school allegedly called Elijah's mother when it happened.

His older brother, Sebastian, 5, wondered if they could use a rocket ship to bring Elijah back from heaven. He was rushed to Pediatric Emergency at Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Elijah Silvera went into anaphylactic shock on November 3 and was rushed to a Harlem Hospital, where he died.

The GoFundMe page raising funds for funeral and other mourning expenses has raised almost $50,000 at the time of this posting. "There are protocols that both the hospital and preschool must follow". "At this moment, it is unclear where responsibility for Elijah's death will fall between the pre-K and the hospital itself", the page reads.

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Family members charge that daycare workers were well aware of Elijah's dietary restrictions but somehow still provided the child with the lethal lunch.

The New York City Health Department closed the preschool until further notice and, as of Thursday, was actively investigating what happened and if anything could have prevented the tragedy. "We want to find out exactly where, if any, breakdowns may have occurred at either the school or the hospital". The NYC Health Department also released the following statement: "There is nothing more important than the safety of our children and we are deeply saddened by this tragedy". "As we ease into this unthinkable reality and say goodbye to our sweet, joyful Elijah - and our hopes and dreams for all he would become - we thank you for your support".

The Seventh Avenue Center for Family Services did not immediately return a request for comment. "We will get to the bottom of what happened here", the department said.

"He was that kid that we had to watch over very seriously", Thomas said.

The family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for "FARE", Food Allergy Research & Education, an organization that works with the food allergy community.