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Infant dies after suffering cardiac arrest at Chesterfield in-home daycare, sources say

Posted at 4:53 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 23:22:13-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – A 3-month-old infant has died after suffering cardiac arrest at a Chesterfield County in-home daycare, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

Those sources tell CBS 6 the baby boy was in the care of the daycare provider at the home, located at 4200 Bridgewood Rd.

The infant was rushed to St. Francis Medical Center Tuesday afternoon, where he was pronounced dead.

"I couldn't imagine,” said Chesterfield mom Kristen Vaden, whose future mother-in-law runs the in-home daycare. "My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Police sources say the infant also had another sibling at the daycare. "She's watched the older brother for years, ever since he was little," said Vaden.

Chesterfield County in-home daycare

Parents picked up their kids as they get the news that police were at the home. Most were too distraught to talk on-camera, many telling us off-camera that the woman who runs the daycare is a wonderful and caring lady.

"She loves kids.  She's such a great “Mimi” to my son," Vaden said.

As of late Tuesday Chesterfield Police would only confirm they were working a death investigation at the location.

Forensic investigators were seen removing a car seat, a mattress, and other items from the Midlothian home.

forensic units

CBS 6 crime expert Steve Neal says that is standard operating procedure for any death involving a child at a daycare.

According to records from the Virginia Department of Social Services, the daycare address was not listed among licensed facilities in Midlothian, Va.

However, some of the people that take their kids to the daycare provider say she does provide a valid tax ID.

The body of the infant has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s office for an official cause of death.

Stay with CBS 6 for the latest on this developing story.