Stillwater Police and state medical examiner's office investigate infant death after daycare stay

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jan 24, 2018

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Super Kids Learning Center was open and running Wednesday, but the staff is now cooperating with Stillwater Police and the state medical examiner's office to figure out what caused a napping baby to become unresponsive.

Police say when a three-month-old infant was dropped off at 10:00 am Tuesday morning she showed no signs of illness.

"She was normal. Maybe a little fussy but nothing unusual. Then she was fed, she was placed down. Then at some time later, we don't know the exact time, she was found unresponsive," Lt. Jeff Watts said.

Staff at the daycare tell 2 Works for You they performed CPR while waiting for EMS to arrive. Police got on scene first and took over CPR until the baby was taken to Stillwater Medical Center.

"A lot of the staff was very upset. They were emotional, crying, and of course parents coming in were worried as they were finding out what had occurred. They've been very cooperative, they've been working with us, because they want to understand what occurred just as much as we do," Lt. Watts said.

The infant passed away at the hospital later that afternoon. Police said they see cases like this every year or two, but usually within a home.

"What we most commonly see is a medical related issue. Sometimes the infant had an unknown medical problem or maybe even a known medical problem that caused them to stop breathing... and we don't know if that's the case here or not," Lt. Watts said.

Three Stillwater officers are on the case right now. They're interviewing family and daycare staff and police said everyone is cooperating with the investigation.

The medical examiner's office will let police know if trauma was likely involved. Officers said they likely won't receive a full medical report for another month or two.

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