Criminal investigation ensues after 5-month-old baby dies at Williamson County daycare


12:30 p.m. update: The Williamson County sheriff’s office is conducting a criminal investigation to determine what caused a 5-month-old baby to die at an in-home day care Thursday morning. 

Deputies were sent to the daycare in the 7900 block of Truman Cove at 8:34 a.m. Thursday after receiving a call about an unresponsive child. 

The first deputy who arrived gave the child CPR for about a minute until Jollyville firefighters took over, providing rescue breaths for about an hour before the baby was pronounced dead, said Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody. 

Investigators remain on the scene Thursday morning.

“Whatever happened in there today, we are going to find out,” Chody said.

Authorities are not identifying the child or the parents, who have asked for the public to respect their privacy. 

“They have yet to see their child,” Chody said. “ Obviously they are going through a lot of emotions. They are grieving. You drop your child off to go to daycare while you go to work, you expect to come home and bring your child home.”

The at-home daycare has a permit to care for three unrelated children, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission said. The residence has no prior history of incidents or investigations, the commission said. 

11:10 a.m. update: The 5-month-old baby who was the focus of a Williamson County sheriff’s office investigation has been pronounced dead, Sheriff Robert Chody said Thursday morning.

An investigation will be underway to determine the cause of death, he said.

Just after 9:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office said it was responding to an incident with the 5-month-old at a daycare in the Anderson Mill area of southern Williamson County, Chody said.

The sheriff’s office declined to provide additional details.

Earlier: The Williamson County sheriff’s office has been called to an incident with a 5-month-old baby at a daycare in the Anderson Mill area of southern Williamson County, Sheriff Robert Chody said Thursday morning.

He said deputies have been alerted to an “unresponsive incident” at the in-home daycare and that the family has been notified, but declined to provide further details.

This is a developing story. Please check back for further details.

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