Infant Dies on 1st Day at Allegedly Unlicensed Day Care Center

The baby was found unresponsive 15 minutes after he was put to sleep, police said.
1:26 | 07/15/15

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every parent's worst nightmare. Leaving your baby at day care and then returning a few hours later to find your child has mysteriously died. That's what happened to one family here in New York. ABC's Mara schiavocampo has details. Reporter: This morning, an unlicensed New York City day care being investigated after an infant died suddenly on his very first day under their care. 3-month-old Karl towndro found unresponsive 15 minutes after being put down for his midday nap. Parents are distraught. A little bit in shock and trying to get a handle on what what happened. Reporter: According to police Mary Ellen astronautman called 911. Dispatchers talking her through the steps of cpr until first responders arrived. The cause of death is still unknown. Now the owner is being questioned by police and the center has been shut down. Highlighting a danger to parents everywhere. The exact number of unlicensed child care providers nationally is unknown. But they aren't subject to basic training requirements and background checks and could be putting children at risk. One study finding children at un-lanced facilities in Virginia are five times more likely to die of physical abuse, neglect or even sudden unexplained infant death than children in state regulated homes. For "Good morning America," Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, new York.

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