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Baby Dies in Roy Day Care

Baby Dies in Roy Day Care

Posted - Jun. 29, 2004 at 4:09 p.m.



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Sandra Yi Reporting Police in Roy are investigating the death of a 9-month old baby at a home day care. On Friday the boy was found in a crib, not breathing. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the baby's death, if it was suspicious or just a tragic accident.

The baby was left at a home day care with his 3-year old sibling. Their mother arrived to pick them up on Friday just after 5:00 and found that the infant was in a crib, not breathing. The paramedics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced death at the hospital.

Police are still investigating. Right now they're looking for any signs of abuse. They're also focusing on items in the room, such as the crib and pillows.

Greg Whinham, Roy Police Chief: "Our hope is that if we can find some answer, that it can be used as a learning lesson for other people providing care for children or parents, or any other similar circumstance."

On the State Health Department's web site, the day care is listed as Amy's Childcare; the owner, as Amy Calder. Police say it's been operating for only a few months. Its license is current and doesn't expire until October.

A man at the home today told me the day care is closed right now. He declined to comment, saying it was just too emotional. Officers say there have been no complaints about the day care center since it opened.

Police have not released the baby's name. They say his medical history indicates he was healthy. If authorities determine this was an accident, the owner could still face negligence charges. Police say it's a tragic case for both sides involved.

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