Infant found unresponsive at day care dies
An infant girl, found unresponsive at a home day care in Baxter Thursday morning, has died. The Baxter Police Department reports police officers responded to the report at 10:50 a.m. at the home of Kimberly J. Opay and Jerry A. Opay III, 5201 Jor...
An infant girl, found unresponsive at a home day care in Baxter Thursday morning, has died.
The Baxter Police Department reports police officers responded to the report at 10:50 a.m. at the home of Kimberly J. Opay and Jerry A. Opay III, 5201 Jordan Road, Baxter.
Baxter police reported the day care providers noticed the infant was unresponsive, immediately started lifesaving efforts and called 911.
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Officers at the scene were assisted by Crow Wing County sheriff's deputies and North Memorial Ambulance personnel in performing lifesaving efforts. The infant, believed to be 3 to 4 months old, was transported to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, where lifesaving efforts continued.
The infant died at the hospital "following extensive efforts by all personnel involved," the news release stated.
No foul play is suspected. Investigating agencies are awaiting the results of an autopsy conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.
"We don't know the why. Hopefully, the autopsy will give us some answers," said Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted, regarding the child's death. "It goes to the medical experts to help us out on that."
When reached by phone, Jerry Opay said neither he nor Kimberly Opay would comment on the death until they've consulted a lawyer.
According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, there are no restrictions on the day care's license, which was first granted on April 12, 2012, and is effective through April 1, 2017. The facility is licensed for 14 children, with no more than 10 children under school age. Of these 10 children, no more than four children can be infants or toddlers, and no more than three of those can be infants.