UPDATE: Baby Dies at Levittown In-Home Day Care

Day care owner and first responders administer CPR, but the 4-month-old was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

A 4-month-old baby was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon after a day care worker in Levittown found the infant non-responsive after a nap, according to Nassau Police.

According to police officials, the owner of the day care, Karen Shriver, placed the infant to sleep at approximately 11 a.m. When she went to wake him at 12:30 p.m., she saw that the baby was not breathing and was showing signs of lividity. She began to administer CPR and was doing so when police arrived. The Levittown Fire Department transported the baby to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 1 p.m.

A cause of death was not yet known and is dependent on an investigation from the medical examiner's office. Nassau Police Det. Vincent Garcia said at the scene that no apparent criminality is involved, but they will continue to investigate. As of press time, no charges were filed against the day care owner.

Police said that there were nine children and two employees at the daycare center at the time of the incident. Several parents were seen arriving to pick up their children as police remained at the home.

The child resided in Syosset.

Kay Shriver, Inc. is a licensed and registered day care with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. An initial search on the site did not find the exact address.

James M. October 20, 2011 at 08:24 PM
This is why I have never considered these in-home day care centers for my kids. I know this can happen anywhere but I feel more secure paying a little extra and making sure there are multiple people who are watching and can help. I think all day care's should be required to have a registered nurse or paramedic on duty at all times. Will it cost more yes but I think it is a safety net that must be considered as this should never happen to anyone, ever.
Debbie Walters Staley October 20, 2011 at 08:33 PM
It does say her address on the site....74 Pond Lane, Levittown. I hope this isn't any form of negligence, but I'm sure they will find it to be natural causes.
Parent October 20, 2011 at 09:17 PM
My nephew was there and when his mom went to pick him up there were police, ambulance, and news vans everywhere and they did not tell her anything for nearly 20 minutes. The police told her they were shutting the daycare down but on what grounds I do not know. Eyewitness said the daycare owner was escorted to a police vehicle as well and looked to be getting arrested. I do not know what happened in there but I am sure time will tell. My nephew is old enough to talk and he likes it there and has never said anything negative about the place.
Monica Martins October 20, 2011 at 10:48 PM
My 3 daughters attended this day-care for almost 7 years. I have never ever had any complaints. My children were all well cared for at all times. Karen Shriver is an extremely kind, competent, and loving person and my kids always had fun there. She was not arrested and this sad situation is devasting for her and her family.
Shari October 20, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Impossible to know with the information available, but sounds like a case of SIDS and a tragedy that could not have been averted no matter what staff were available on-site. My kids went to a licensed home day care (not this one) and I was always extremely comfortable with the level of supervision and professional care they received. As long as the place is licensed, they have to maintain supervision ratios the same as any other child care facility.
MAYLIN October 20, 2011 at 11:59 PM
My son and daughter have attended this daycare for about three years. During this time I have come to know very well Ms. Shriver and all the daycare staff. Ms. Shriver is nothing but extremely kind, compassionate, and thoughtful. She trully cares about all the kids. My kids love her and her staff deeply. My 4 year old son was there today when the incident happend, and all he is worried about is "Ms. K".. He says it is not her fault and wants to make sure she is okay. This is most likely a case of SIDS and a tragic situation for this well known daycare. I hope this all gets resolved, It must be so devastating what they are going through.
Margaret October 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM
Did you not hear about the tragedy at Carousel Child Care with the toddler choking on the carrot? It has nothing to do with in home or center. Let's not pass judgement. All facts have not been released.
diane October 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM
pray for the family of this child as well as Ms. Shriver and her staff that they may be able to get through this terrible tragedy and eventually be able to learn to live their lives once again. - Diane
Mac October 21, 2011 at 02:12 PM
This is just a tragic situation for all. My heart and thought go out to the family of the infant and Ms Shriver and her family. I cannot imagine the pain felt by all of them.
Frank October 21, 2011 at 05:19 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to both the family and the staff. This is a terrible tragedy that should not happen to anyone. And to reply to one of the poster's comments: >>I think all day care's should be required to have a registered nurse or paramedic on duty at all times<< I am a NYS EMT - even if Ms Shriver paid me a million dollars to be on staff, from what I read there is nothing I could have done to change the outcome. A very sad and chilling fact to have to face. May the young one Rest In Peace.
Jami October 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM
This was a horrible tragic event that happened and my heart breaks for the family. What is a complete outrage to me is that the Nassau County Police Department and OCFS kept all the remaining children there ALL day long without contacting their parents to witness the horrible aftermath of this horrific event. While I do believe and hope that this tragedy was not the fault of the daycare, I also believe that the best interest of the children remaining there should have been concerned ESPECIALLY by the police & OCFS.
Yvonne Osinga-Bisk October 22, 2011 at 12:22 AM
I completely agree with you Jami. Having all the children stay there was a big no-no. And not communicating with their parent.... if I was a parent of one of those children, I would be furious.
Jennifer Williams October 22, 2011 at 01:38 AM
As a special educator, and a parent, I have to comment on your post. I currently work with preschool children with special needs, and all through college I worked for an expensive center based daycare, I have to tell you that many times the home based centers are much more attentive with the children, and the ratios of children to adults are smaller. They are all licensed by the same agencies, and inspected at the same frequencies. They are all required to have the same ratio of adults to kids, and trust me, centers DO NOT pay extra staff members to have a higher ratio of adults. This could have easily happened anywhere!
Jennifer Williams October 22, 2011 at 01:38 AM
It is a terrible tragic event, and it breaks my heart, However, I do not believe Ms. Shriver or her staff is responsible for any wrong doing. My son is currently enrolled in this very center, however, he was not in attendance on Thursday, and my daughter was there until starting kindergarten this Fall. The staff is nurturing and attentive, and I have never had a problem. As with most facilities, their record is not perfect, but the infractions were minor. I know the baby, he only began going there about 3 weeks ago, and seemed to have a skin condition, but seemed otherwise healthy. The staff was doting over him whenever I picked up my son, and Ms. Shriver herself was concerned for the baby when I questioned her about his skin, apparently he was under the treatment of a doctor. I hope to God the staff and parents are cleared of any negligence, and that the family of the baby finds some peace. I am glad my son was not there, and I feel terrible that so many of the kids were exposed to the tragedy, that I am sure confused and frightened many of them.
peach is October 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM
Very sad. It's a shame the economy is such that both parents are forced to work just to survive, and have no choice but to place their chidren in the care of others.
chrys March 13, 2012 at 06:55 PM
i worked for this daycare a few years ago when i worked there there were rats in the cabinet, she had too many children in the daycare at a time and she purchased the food she gave to all of your children from the dollar store. i quit it was disgusting ur children cant tell u the things this women did wrong.. when i quit i complained for the safety of the kids in the daycare. My professor is the mother of the child who passed he was a healthy 4 month old baby this is a trgaedy but im glad for the safety of other children that this women and her day care are no longer in business. she put on an act of compassion and wasnt as attentive as she made it seem to all of you. You dont know the half that went on in that place. do you really think if she was doing wrong shed actually show you (the parents that)?? it was all a show!!!


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