June 7, 2011
Homicide detectives and state child care licensing officials are investigating a northwest Houston day care where a 9-month-old stopped breathing Friday and later died.
Andrew Fuentes was dropped off on Friday morning and went into "distress" that afternoon, said Gwen Carter, a spokeswoman for Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
CPR was in progress when Harris County deputies responded to a 911 call placed around 1:25 p.m., said Deputy Thomas Gilliland, a Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman.
Andrew was transported to Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Gilliland said.
The baby was healthy, with no visible marks, and possibly succumbed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, the sheriff's office spokesman said.
SIDS is the unexpected, sudden death of a child younger than 1 in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death. Autopsy results are pending at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
Child care licensing authorities, who were at the center on Monday night, usually have 30 to 45 days to complete their investigation, Carter said.
The center remains open. Carter said that workers there are cooperating with the investigation.