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Agencies Investigate Death of Baby at Child Care Facility

A 4-month-old boy was found unresponsive at a child care center.

Law enforcement agencies in Marin County continue to investigate the Oct. 23 death of a 4-month-old baby boy at a San Rafael children's center, according to the Marin County coroner's office.

The cause and manner of the boy's death are pending, said Lt. Keith Boyd of the coroner's office.

At about 5 p.m. Oct. 23, the coroner's office responded to Kaiser hospital in Terra Linda to look into the death of the boy, who had been found unresponsive at the Magic Place Children's Center at 1055 Las Ovejas Ave. After being rushed to the hospital by San Rafael paramedics, the boy was pronounced dead at 4:21 p.m. that day.

Boyd said a forensic examination took place the next day, but results are not being released.

The coroner's office is being assisted in the investigation by the San Rafael Police Department and the State of California Community Care Licensing Division.

Claudia Gil, owner of the day care center, told the Marin Independent Journal that the baby was asleep for about three hours and "never woke up."

"That's the worst nightmare. You never, ever expect something like that," she told reporters.

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      Motha of 3 November 01, 2012 at 01:50 AM
      That's terrible!..My prayers go out to the parents..I couldn't imagine what they are going thru
      diane November 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM
      My heart goes out to the parents for the loss of their child which is a terrible and tragic thing to experience. Also for the day care center owner, who feels responsible. At the risk of sounding critical and I'm not meaning it that way, my first thought was that we didn't leave our 4 month old babies at day care centers in the "old" days when I had my children almost 50 years ago. We lived on our husband's wages. We didn't have mini mansion homes that we had to support either. This tragedy may have been unavoidable and no one's fault, but the parents and the owner of the day care center will never know and that will be something difficult to live with for the rest of their lives. Very sad.

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