3-month-old boy dies after falling ill at apparently unlicensed day care center in SoHo

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SOHO, Manhattan — A 3-month-old boy was pronounced dead after he fell ill at an allegedly unlicensed day care center on Greene Street, authorities said.

Police were called to SoHo Child Care at 69 Greene St. at 12:13 p.m. Monday to help  3-month-old Karl Towndrow. None of the employees were qualified to perform CPR, officials said. The Health Department has confirmed that the center was operating an illegal child care service.

The baby was transported in critical condition to Lenox Hill Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the child showed no signs of trauma and the baby had just been put to sleep on his back. The 14 other children at the day care center were picked up by their parents.

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene is working with ACS and NYPD to investigate this case. Home-based day cares like the one in this case are licensed with the state and regulated by the Department of Health with annual inspections.

To see if your child’s day-care is operating with a license in New York City, check with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  For the rest of New York state, see here. In New Jersey, check this link for day-care licenses.

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