Death of infant at Hikes Point daycare being investigated

Louisville, KY - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Police detectives are investigating the death of a baby after he was rushed from a Hikes Point daycare to the hospital.

LMPD Lt. Barry Wilkerson said the in-home daycare is known as Grandes Bendiciones, or Big Blessings, and is operated at a home on the 3100 block of Roselawn Boulevard.

According to officials, the parents of the 8-month-old boy dropped him off at the daycare around 6 a.m. Thursday. Staff members who checked on the child later found him sleeping, but when they checked on him again around 9:15, the boy was unresponsive. Metro EMS was called and the child to was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Metro Police said they will know more on Friday after an autopsy is completed.

The home has been certified by the state as a child care provider. Wilkerson says the daycare is licensed for 10 kids, but it is unclear how many children were at the daycare Thursday. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services issued an emergency order to temporarily close the facility.

Neighbors said they were shocked to hear about the baby's death. Neighbor Ed Westphal said he has seen at least a half-dozen kids watched at the home.

"It's a situation where you feel for the family of the child," said Westphal. "The kids are usually well behaved and stuff. If they're out playing, most of the time playing in the back. If they are up front always [there is] an adult with them."

Another neighbor said she cannot believe it either.

"I just think it's a tragedy," said Maureen Biggs. "I think it's a tragedy, obviously, for the parents here."

Biggs has lived two doors down from the daycare for the last three years and says she believes the director is a responsible person who has done a good job with the kids placed in her care.

"I just enjoyed listening to them sing and talk," said Biggs. "It's all in Spanish so I can't really understand much, but I still enjoy it and the kids seem to be having a great time. The limited interaction I had with those people - I would assure it's an accident."

Wilkerson says foul play is not suspected. According to a state letter sent to Grandes Bendiciones Lismary Guerra must request an emergency hearing to appeal the state's decision within 30 days or the state can revoke her certificate of operation.

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