A police investigation is underway in Pennsylvania, to determine what caused the death of a three-month-old girl who stopped breathing during her first day in day care.
Authorities have closed Sharon’s Day Care in Treichlers, citing the center for “gross incompetence, negligence and misconduct,” records show.
Bryan Felmly wrote that McKenna’s mother, Adrienne Kromer, brought their infant daughter to the center so she could return to work after three-plus months of maternity leave.
The worried mother called the daycare center three times during the day. After hearing McKenna wouldn’t eat and had fallen fast asleep, Kromer started driving to Sharon’s to pick the baby up, Felmly wrote.
But before she arrived, McKenna had stopped breathing and was already in an ambulance heading for the hospital, Felmly wrote.
McKenna was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the emergency room.
A police spokesman tells PEOPLE McKenna’s death is not being handled as suspicious yet, as an autopsy failed to show any signs of trauma to the child’s body.
Blood work is still being performed, the police spokesman says, and detectives have been interviewing McKenna’s relatives, family friends and the center’s staff.
“We have no words, no answers, no nothing,” Felmly wrote. “Our family is now broken. I’m not sure how we are supposed to go on. There’s no reason why a 3.5 month old healthy baby girl should have lost her life.”
“Parents, please hold your babies a little longer today and hold them close. Life is too precious. Cherish every moment of every day. Be patient with your babies. Enjoy those sleepless nights because it’s additional time spent with your baby. We would take a million sleepless nights for the rest of our lives just to have her back with us.
Our sweet little princess never learned to walk, but she now has wings.”
It could be several weeks before testing reveals McKenna’s exact cause of death.
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