Police Investigate Daycare Baby Death

Police Investigate Daycare Baby Death

There are 16 comments on the WWMT-TV Kalamazoo story from Mar 18, 2008, titled Police Investigate Daycare Baby Death. In it, WWMT-TV Kalamazoo reports that:

Michigan State Police are investigating the death of a 5-month-old baby in Branch County. via WWMT-TV Kalamazoo

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Karen

Coldwater, MI

#1 Mar 20, 2008
My sympathies to the family. I am glad to see that the State Police are investigating this. It is too bad that this has not happened more often with other little ones in this community and across Michigan who have lost their lives while at a daycare. I am not trying to point fingers but this happens too often at daycares.
goo

Flushing, MI

#2 Mar 20, 2008
This was not even a licensed day care. If she was watching unrelated children in her home, than she was breaking the law.
Carrie

Jackson, MI

#3 Mar 20, 2008
goo wrote:
This was not even a licensed day care. If she was watching unrelated children in her home, than she was breaking the law.
The parents were infomed that she wasn't licensed, so it was there choice to have their child there or not.
Reader

Coldwater, MI

#4 Mar 20, 2008
The story in the local Coldwater newspaper states that this was indeed a licensed day care.
Deb

AOL

#5 Mar 21, 2008
Unlicensed childcare is against the law even if teh parents know!
goo

Detroit, MI

#6 Mar 21, 2008
My brother lives in Coldwater and we checked the licensing web site and it is not listed there www.michigan.gov/dhslicensing
Carrie

Jackson, MI

#7 Mar 21, 2008
My point is... is the parents knew.
to carrie

Clarklake, MI

#8 Mar 24, 2008
shut your mouth i am a friend of the parent the kid was happy there so thats were they took her the just didnt think the woman was going to be stupid and leave the girl in a different room for how ever long she did
goo

Detroit, MI

#9 Mar 24, 2008
That is why parents should always used licensed child care. At least they know the child care rules and get unannounced inspections.
Karen

Coldwater, MI

#10 Jun 27, 2008
The presentation of the evidence was absolutely essential in this case. No evidence, no conviction.
Karen

Coldwater, MI

#11 Jun 27, 2008
I mean, the state police were excellent at gathering evidence to prove their case. That's what one has to do -- produce evidence to prove one's case. It's not enough to accuse someone, you actually have to give evidence in court and prove your case. That's why I like the state police -- they got the evidence and the proof for their case.
goo

Coldwater, MI

#12 Jun 27, 2008
Agreed. That's why you need evidence.
Pepper Anderson

Coldwater, MI

#13 Jun 28, 2008
Yes, the police are investigating: the state police.
henrys mother

Baltimore, MD

#14 Aug 5, 2008
Licensed or unlicensed...there is not much difference. Our 10-month old son henry died in a licensed daycare. After we reviewed their licensing and investigative procedures, we were not impressed. Before our loss, I thought that licensing protected children, but now I realize that it is fairly useless. Our daycare provider had 3 children under the age of 18 months and only 2 cribs--something we did not know--and the city did nothing about it. A crib would have prevented our son's death.
Sad Story

United States

#15 Aug 6, 2008
henrys mother wrote:
Licensed or unlicensed...there is not much difference. Our 10-month old son henry died in a licensed daycare. After we reviewed their licensing and investigative procedures, we were not impressed. Before our loss, I thought that licensing protected children, but now I realize that it is fairly useless. Our daycare provider had 3 children under the age of 18 months and only 2 cribs--something we did not know--and the city did nothing about it. A crib would have prevented our son's death.
Sorry for your loss, henry's mother.

It's very sad, and very true. I would recommend a licensed facility over a non-licensed facility if you were dealing with strangers. But I would prefer to have my child where I know he will be taken care of by loving relatives.

There have been many instances of death in Michigan's licensed daycares, including the Battle Creek provider who gave the infant the drug Ambien in the formula bottle.

You just never know and DHS has proven a failing track record when it comes to proper inspections, payments, background checks and most area's of properly caring for or protecting children.

Additionally, accidents can happen anywhere. Licensed or not.
Kerry

Sturgis, MI

#16 Oct 15, 2008
Liscensed doesn't mean your child is safe. It just means the goverment is keeping track of how much money the daycare is making.
Inspections? They don't have the manpower for that.
It is really a scarey thing to have to pick daycare for your child. This I guess you could call an accident but why was that baby not in a crib?
Did the Mom know where that baby would be sleeping when she was there? Did the Provider paint a picture other than the real one?
I feel so bad for the Parents of the child. I'm sure they thought she was safe. Like I said I would not want to find daycare for my child.
My Grandchildren go to daycare and thank god they have a great sitter. those kids are never out of her site nor is she iresponsible when they are in her care.

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