Baby dies at possible unlicensed daycare in Largo

7:18 AM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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Largo, Florida - A three-and-a-half month only baby died after being in the care of what may be an unlicensed daycare.

"I just heard a siren then I looked outside... there was Largo rescue," said neighbor William Keating.

The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon.

The child was taken to Morton Plant Hospital and later passed away for reasons still unknown, although officials say foul play is not suspected at this point.

The medical examiner's office is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of the child's death.

Officials at the Pinellas County License Board are looking into whether someone inside the home where the child passed away was operating without a daycare license.

Last year, the organization said it investigated 20 claims of unlicensed daycare centers, which is a misdemeanor.

"We have had situations where we've brought the sheriff's office out," said Patsy Buker, executive director of the Pinellas County License Board.

When searching for a daycare online, business are required to post their license number. If they do not, you should ask to see it in person.

"You could be putting your child with somebody who's been arrested for child abuse."

Licensing a daycare costs only $25, but there is a background check involved.


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