OXFORD, Miss. — The Infant care rooms at a Mississippi daycare are closed after the death of an 8-week-old.
The death at Mother Goose daycare in Oxford has state and local investigators looking into what happened.
FOX13 spoke to investigators and to people who know the owners of the facility.
The Mississippi Department of Health called Mother Goose Daycare a substantial hazard to the health and safety of infants entrusted to their care.
Cathy Whitaker works just down the street from the daycare center.
“I cannot believe it,” Whitaker said. “The daycare has been there forever. I know so many families that have come in and out of there that kids have grown up and I know the family who owns it.”
Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen said he didn’t want to speak to the case out of respect for the family but he did tell FOX13 that every investigator he has is on the case.
“I mean I believe the police department is fantastic and I think that they are going to completely do their research and take care of whatever has happened. I just want to know what happened,” said Whitaker.
What we do know is that the child was airlifted from Oxford to Le Bonheur Children’s hospital in Memphis Tuesday morning and later died.
The daycare has never been fined or failed to pass inspection according to state records obtained by FOX13.
It scored a B+ with the Better Business Bureau and its only complaint is a billing complaint.
“I hate it for the owners, I hate it for the family, and I hate it for all of Oxford,” said Whitaker. “It is tragic.”
Mother Goose Daycare can take care of as many as 142 children up to age four. Only the infant rooms are closed for the investigation.
The attorney for the daycare says it is working with investigators after the 8-week-old died this week.
Destany Bouldin of Oxford said that she was shocked to hear that an infant died in the care of Mother Goose Daycare. Bouldin works at a different daycare in town.
“It’s very sad that a child lost their life, but it’s very unheard of in these parts especially in a daycare here in Oxford,” Bouldin said. “I’ve never heard anything but good things about Mother Goose, being that I have a friend that works there and she loved the staff and the community that she worked with.”
Attorney Ray Hill who represents the daycare told FOX13 the daycare is devastated and they are grieving for the family. He also said they are cooperating with the investigation and will make a statement when it is done.
“I would be sick if I had a child who passed away or a child in my care who passed away,” said Bouldin.
Bouldin said she is praying for the family of the child who died.
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