Eight-week-old baby dies at day care centre chiefs say is ‘substantial hazard’

An eight-week-old baby has died at a day care centre with officials saying it constituted a "substantial hazard" to tots.

Family-run business Mother Goose of Oxford, Inc has had its licence to care for infants under 12 months old suspended after 42 years of operation after the baby died.

The day care centre said it was "devastated" and those who run it are "good people".

The Mississipi State Department has suspended Mother Goose of Oxford, Inc's licence to care for infants after the tragedy, and it has been partially closed.

An order signed by State Health Officer Dr Thomas Dobbs said the facility constituted a "substantial hazard" to infants being cared for there.

Although the centre's infant license has been suspended, it can still look after youngsters between 12-months-old and kindergarten-aged, Ray Hill, Mother Goose's lawyer said.

The eight-week-old baby was reportedly airlifted from Oxford to Memphis on Tuesday but later died.

Cathy Whitaker, a resident who lives near the centre, was in a state of shock after the death.

She told Fox 13: "I cannot believe it. The day care 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."

Mother Goose's lawyer Ray Hill said: "Our heart goes out to the family. We’re devastated."

Speaking about the suspension of the centre's licence, he said: "Rest assured, once the facts come to light, our licence will be back in full standing as it relates to infants. We’re entitled to due process.”

He added that "good people" run the family business, which has been in operation for 42 years.

Mother Goose cares for children aged between six weeks and four years old.

The daycare has never been fined or failed an inspection, according to Fox 13.

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