Baby Dies On First Day At Daycare

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — On Adrienne Kromer’s first day back at work following three and a half months of maternity leave, she called her daughter’s new daycare center three times to check on the baby girl.

McKenna Felmly had shown no signs of illness or distress when she was dropped off at the Lehigh Township, Pa., center in the morning, her dad, Bryan Felmly, writes on GoFundMe.

Credit: Bryan Scott/GoFundMe

But Kromer was nervous, and when the daycare center told her McKenna was having trouble taking a bottle, and later said she’d fallen asleep quickly (a rarity for the infant), Kromer decided to leave work early and pick up her daughter.

Just minutes after she left, the daycare center called her and told her McKenna wasn’t breathing. By the time Kromer arrived, McKenna had been transported to the hospital; soon after Kromer and Felmly arrived at the hospital, doctors told them they couldn’t save the couple’s little girl.

Per the Allentown Morning Call, daycare workers found McKenna unresponsive in her crib and attempts to revive her began at the daycare, but she was pronounced dead upon her arrival at the hospital.

Credit: Bryan Scott/GoFundMe

An autopsy showed no signs of trauma and police say the death does not appear suspicious at this time, but a cause of death won’t be determined until toxicology and viral tests are completed and other aspects of the case, including the crib, are investigated.

“We are continuing to conduct interviews with family, friends, and employees of the daycare,” the police chief told Lehigh Valley Live Wednesday. “We still have some work to finish yet. I can’t say when we will determine manner of death.” The Times News says it could take as long as three months.

The daycare center has a valid certificate of operation and had last been inspected in January. (Last year, a New York 3-month-old also died on his mom’s first day back at work.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Baby Dies on First Day at Daycare

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  • Susan Newman

    This is very sad and I want to say that no mom should have to return to work when a baby is 3 months old. The US really needs to get the standards up for maternity leave.
    Maybe the baby had a heart condition that was not diagnosed and the stress from the different environment triggered something.

  • Jeanne Price

    My first question would be had she recently had any vaccines so that she could enroll in daycare? Every day somewhere in the US a baby dies within hours or days after being given routine vaccines. Doctors will say it is SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) but the real culprit is the vaccines.
    Likewise, parents who have wrongfully been charged with “shaken baby syndrome” in the death of a child, may be innocent, as it could have been from “encephalitis” of the brain caused by toxins in the vaccines that actually caused the death.
    In the past year and a half no less than 10 doctors who have spoken out on the dangers of vaccines have mysteriously died or have been murdered.
    I tell everyone to investigate before you vaccinate!

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