Mother fights for paid parental leave after infant dies at illegal day care in SoHo

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SOHO, Manhattan – The mother of an infant who died at an illegal day care is fighting to change legislation when it comes to paid parental leave.

Amber Scorah's 3-month-old son Karl Towndrow died in July at an unlicensed day care on Greene Street in SoHo.

Karl was found unconscious just hours after his mom dropped him off for his first day of day care. It was his mother's first day returning to work.

The infant was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His cause of death was deemed undetermined.

Police say the day care, SoHo Child Care, had been operating for 14 years without a license.

Scorah is now calling for change with a new website.

On ForKarl.com, visitors are able to contact local politicians as well as presidential hopefuls to share their thoughts.

Currently the Family Medical Leave Act allows women to take 12 weeks off from work on maternity leave without fear of losing their jobs. The act does not guarantee that employers pay the mothers.