Kentwood day care closed after infant dies

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KENTWOOD, Mich. -- A three-month-old infant is dead and a Kentwood day care has been shut down in the aftermath. Police say Cooper Fales' father found his son unresponsive after picking up Cooper and his siblings from Bridges Day Care in Kentwood on Thursday, February 19.

Cooper was already bundled up in his car seat as his siblings scrambled into the car on a day where temperatures hovered around zero. When the family arrived home, Cooper was unresponsive and all resuscitation efforts failed.

Gone from a family that had only begun to know him, Cooper's obituary says he was “a light that will continue to shine.”

Authorities say the medical examiner found evidence that Cooper had died hours earlier -- while at Bridges.

The Department of Human Services launched a special investigation at the daycare on Friday. DHS found 11 violations suspending operations at the day care immediately and recommending the license be revoked.

Bridges Day Care is listed under the name Teresa Mowers. FOX 17 is told Mowers did not appeal DHS's recommendation, and she has not yet responded to a request for comment.

No charges have been filed at this point, and authorities say a cause of death has not yet been determined.  They say there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Cooper was laid to rest Tuesday February 24, just shy of turning four months old.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for his family during this difficult time.

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  • Nicole

    As a childcare provider myself this leaves so many questions. One, we are required to take trainings on sids and shaken baby. During this one key point is that all the cases shown where infants died (which were actual cases) are preventable unless the child had a major health issue, which by the sounds so far is not the case. If the child had died hours earlier, who did this go unrecognized? Looking out for these little ones health and safety is number one! I treat all the kids as I would my own and they are a gift. I am sure there is more to this story and will be watching. My prayers to the family of this little angel as well as for the provider who I am sure has a mix of emotions and self guilt and sorrow as well. Hope the family can get closure and answers soon and have peace knowing that this little one is in a better place even though it’s hard not holding him. Other parents please do not jump to conclusions and judge all daycares by this incident. But I do recommend researching your childcares, get to know the provider, use the great start to quality website to search if you are unsure where to start, and most of all go with your gut instinct.

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