An eight-week-old baby has died in a daycare center and officials said it posed “significant danger” to toddlers.
The family-owned Mother Goose of Oxford, Inc. suspended the license to care for babies under 12 months after 42 years of surgery after the baby died.
The nursery said it was “destroyed” and that those running it are “good people.”
The Mississippi State Department is licensed by Mother Goose of Oxford, Inc. to care for infants after the tragedy suspended and is partially closed.
An order signed by state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said the facility posed a “significant hazard” to babies being cared for there.
Although the center’s children’s permit has been suspended, it can still cater for young people between the ages of 12 months and kindergarten, Ray Hill said, Mother Goose’s lawyer said.
The eight-week-old baby was reportedly flown from Oxford to Memphis on Tuesday, but later died.
Cathy Whitaker, a resident who lives near the center, was in shock after death.
She told Fox 13, “I can’t believe it. Daycare has always been there.
“I know so many families who have gone back and forth that children have grown up, and I know the family that owns it.”
Mother Goose’s attorney Ray Hill said, “Our hearts go out to the family. We are devastated. ‘
Speaking of the suspension of the center’s permit, he said, “Rest assured, once the facts come to light, our permit will be fully functional again on infants. We are entitled to a fair trial.”
He added that “good people” run the family business, which has been around for 42 years.
Mother Goose takes care of children between six weeks and four years old.
The daycare has never been fined or failed an inspection, according to Fox 13.