DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The death of an infant in Douglas County has led to a multi-department investigation.
According to the Douglas County Coroner’s Office, the unidentified infant was brought to the Sky Ridge Medical Center emergency room on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
An autopsy has been completed, the coroner’s office said, but no details have been released at this time.
“This is an active death investigation being conducted in collaboration with multiple agencies,” the coroner’s office said in a release.
According to the Colorado Department of Human Services, the death occurred in an unlicensed, illegal child care home.
“The Department was not aware illegal child care was being provided at this location until after the incident occurred and we were notified by the county. Upon being notified, the Department prepared and served a cease and desist order,” a statement from CDHS said.
Late Monday, FOX31 acquired a document showing 16 toddlers were in the home when the infant died. The caretaker also reportedly refused to allow police in.
In Colorado, there are 1,646 homes with licenses to care for children.
The Department of Human Services Director of Early Care and Learning Erin Mewhinney said parents should find licensed facilities because “that means that those individuals have gone through background checks both criminal and child abuse and neglect.”
Mewhinney added, “They have to go through a minimum amount of training. It’s a minimum of 10 hours and it builds beyond that around child safety and development.”
Families can search for licensed, quality child care online. Families may also call the Child Care Referral at Mile High United Way at 1-877-338-2273 or text ‘child care referral’ to 898-211 to find quality care and learn more about the availability of care.
If you have concerns about a child care program or if you see something concerning, call the child care complaint line at 1-800-799-5876. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hot line at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437). Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.