4-month-old dies at overcrowded Denton day care


by By CANDACE CARLISLE / Denton Record-Chronicle


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 2:51 PM

A home-based day care in Denton had more than twice the number of children it was allowed by law when a 4-month-old girl died there this week, a state investigation shows.

Too Kool 4 School Kids Club Day Care in the 2200 block of Palomino Court is closed pending the outcome of a state investigation.

The center received a permit in August and had a capacity for 12 children, said Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the state's child care licensing division. Thirty children were inside the facility when the child died on Wednesday afternoon.

A childcare worker was sitting with the child on the floor, went to pick up the child so she could answer a knock at the door, and noticed the baby was limp and not breathing, said Denton police spokesman Ryan Grelle.

The infant was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

There were no signs of foul play and criminal charges are unlikely to be filed for the child's death, Grelle said.

Police are awaiting autopsy results from the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

The licensing agency is investigating allegations that the center was shuffling children back and forth with another day care facility.

Dallas Morning News staff writer Joanna Cattanach contributed to this report.