DENTON, Md.- Maryland State Police are investigating the death of a Caroline County infant who was found unresponsive by her day care provider.
The child, who was 10-months-old and lived in the town of Denton, was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon at Easton Memorial Hospital.
Investigators said that at around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, the Caroline County 9-1-1 center received a call from a licensed day care center on Weeping Willow Street in Denton about an unconscious and unresponsive infant. Once at the location, paramedics relieved the day care provider who was performing CPR on the infant. Paramedics continued CPR while transporting the infant to Easton Memorial Hospital. Upon her arrival at the hospital, the child was pronounced dead by the attending physician.
MSP Homicide Unit investigators were contacted by the Denton Police Department and asked to assume this investigation. The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 12 p.m. Wednesday, the baby was placed down for a nap, which is her routine. During an afternoon check, an employee found the infant unresponsive. Employees initiated CPR and called 9-1-1.
MSP investigators said they found no visible signs of trauma to the child's body. An autopsy has been conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. The examination revealed no internal or external trauma to her body, according to police.
The medical examiner's ruling regarding cause and manner of death is pending, while toxicology tests are conducted.
Investigators said have processed the scene and conducted numerous interviews of family members, medical personnel, and daycare employees, as well as the parents of the other children who were present at the daycare center.
Homicide investigators are also working with social workers from the Department of Social Service and investigators from the Department of Childcare Licensing.
Investigators are also in regular contact with the Caroline County State's Attorney's Office regarding the ongoing investigation. Assistance has also been provided by criminal investigators from the MSP Easton Barrack and members of the Denton Police Department.
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