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Police Investigate Baby's Death at Long Island Day Care Center


Posted on Oct 23, 2011

Tragedy struck at a day care center in Levittown, where a 4-month-old baby was found not breathing this Thursday, October 20.

Karen Shriver, owner of her self-named center, which has been in operation for 14 years, said she had checked on the baby -- whose name has not been released -- at 11am and at noon, and noticed no complications. At 12:30pm, however, she checked again and noticed a skin discoloration, which authorities call a "cyanotic state."

Ms. Shriver attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the baby from Syosset after she noticed the discoloration and lack of breathing. By 12:47, she had the Nassau County police on the phone. They took the baby to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. At 1:08, he was pronounced dead. NUMC is a municipal, or county-based hospital.

Police have not indicated any possible criminal activity yet. However, a suspicious detail remains. According to published news reports, in July this year, inspectors issued two violations regarding a worker, who had not been checked against criminal history, child abuse, and maltreatment databases. The violations remained uncorrected, but the Karen Shriver center's license had not been demoted.

Officials and police are investigating the death.

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