Fundraising efforts are underway to help a family mourning the death of an infant, while at the same time the child's daycare provider has had its license suspended pending an investigation.
According to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, a 911 caller reported an unresponsive baby at residence in Crow Wing Township around 2 p.m. Nov. 12.
Deputies and North Memorial Ambulance rushed to the scene and attempted life-saving measures, but the infant was pronounced dead after being transported to Essentia Health, St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.
A GoFundMe created by family members identifies the infant as a 9-month-old boy, saying he was "found unresponsive while sleeping in his crib."
"We have very few details that we can share at this point but we will update as much as we can as they become more available to us," the online fundraiser says.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) sent the care facility an Order of Temporary Immediate Suspension three days after the incident, with a letter to the provider saying the decision is "based on a determination that children served by your program are at an imminent risk of harm."
The order cited a report received by Crow Wing County Social Services that "alleged an incident involving a serious injury to a child in your care."
According to the Star Tribune, there were eight reported deaths at licensed child care facilities and day cares in 2017 and 2018.