State finds daycare workers didn't immediately begin CPR on baby who later died

4-month-old Warren Hunt was found unresponsive by workers in one East Ridge day care. As of November 28th, his parents say he remains unresponsive and in critical condition. (Images: Hunt family, WTVC)

UPDATE: (Thursday, December 20th): The medical examiner released Hunt's autopsy, revealing his official cause of death. Go here to read more.

UPDATE: (Monday, December 18th):

Logan Hunt tells NewsChannel 9 her son Warren passed away on Sunday, December 10th.

East Ridge Police tell NewsChannel 9 they are investigating the death, and are awaiting the medical examiner's report.

NewsChannel 9 has also learned new details about the state of Tennessee's follow-up investigation into Child Care Network.

Among the findings:

  • Management is responsible for the day to day operations as well as selecting qualified caregivers to work with children. Caregivers did not provide a required level of supervision to a 4 month old child was fell asleep on his tummy that became an emergency situation. 1240-04-03.07 STAFF
  • A 4 month old child stopped breathing at agency. Caregivers failed to immediately begin CPR and as they brought child to a hallway and called for help. 1240-04-03-.06 SUPERVISION
  • Caregivers took their eyes off of the infant that had fallen asleep on his tummy on the floor for a period of time that may have exceeded 2 minutes. The infant was not immediately placed in his crib on his back to sleep as required 1240.04.03-06 SUPERVISION
  • Caregivers failed to provide an appropriate level of supervision for the age and developmental level of each child. Infants should have close supervision for all daily activities and routine tasks. a 4 month old infant was on his back on a thin blanket on floor and rolled to his tummy. Caregivers did not respond immediately as child was not proficient at rolling. 1240-04-03-.06 SUPERVISION

Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) spokesman Sky Arnold provided the following statement Monday evening:

"The Tennessee Department of Human Services has issued four violations to the Child Care Network in East Ridge all relating to an incident involving a 4 month old child.
These violations include:
• 2 violations for safe sleep;
• 1 violation for supervision;
• 1 violation for management due to inadequate training and program oversight
After conducting an extensive investigation and multiple on-site visits to the Child Care Network in East Ridge, TDHS Program Evaluators have determined caregivers did not provide a required level of supervision to a 4 month old child on November the 9th. That child fell asleep after rolling onto his stomach. This lead to an emergency situation when the child stopped breathing. The incident occurred over a period of time that may have exceeded two minutes when caregivers were not watching the infant. Additionally caregivers failed to immediately begin CPR on the infant.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services began an investigation into the incident on November 9th. After receiving additional information on the case November 20th, two employees with the Child Care Network were placed on a safety plan. This plan requires both teachers to be supervised while working with any children in the facility. Additionally, the Child Care Network must be ready to provide documentation of staff attendance and assignments to show these employees are supervised at all times while with children.
TDHS closed all infant classrooms November 21st. Those classrooms remain closed.
At this point the investigation is still ongoing and a decision whether any additional measures may be taken against the Child Care Network in East Ridge has not been determined."

Depend on us to keep you posted on this story.

UPDATE (Tuesday, November 28):

The parents of the 4-month-old boy found unresponsive in an East Ridge day care released a statement with more information on their son's condition.

“Warren remains unresponsive and in critical condition while his vitals have remained stable," says Logan Hunt, the boy's mother. "My husband and I are trusting in the Lord and His plan to get us through this difficult time."

Tennessee Department of Human Services spokesman Sky Arnold released an updated statement Tuesday with details into the day care investigation:

"The Tennessee Department of Human Services received notice of the incident involving a 4 month old child at the Child Care Network in East Ridge on November the 9th. Our staff began an investigation into the incident that afternoon. Upon receiving additional information November the 20th, TDHS made the decision to close all infant classrooms in the facility. A safety plan for the teacher connected to the incident was served that day.

"The safety plan requires this teacher to be supervised while working with any children in the facility.

"Additionally, Child Care Network must be ready to provide documentation of staff attendance and assignments to show this employee is supervised at all times with children. This employee will be required to participate in training prescribed by TDHS staff by December 15th.

"There is no time set time for this safety plan to expire. Safety plans are intended to be temporary until the investigation is concluded, the criteria outlined in the plan has been met and there's no reason to believe children at the facility would be at risk."

Depend on us for updates as we learn more.

UPDATE (Monday, November 27):

All infant rooms are closed at Childcare Network in East Ridge, where child was found unresponsive earlier this month, according to a statement released Monday by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS).

TDHS spokesman Sky Arnold says no infant children are currently attending the facility, and that all teachers associated with the incident are on a safety plan.

The TDHS and TN Department of Childrens Services continue the investigation into the incident.


Depend on us to update this story as we learn more.


PREVIOUSLY (Wednesday, November 22):

A 4-month-old baby boy is in critical condition and the state of Tennessee is investigating an East Ridge day care where workers found the child unresponsive.

An East Ridge Police report says workers at the Child Care Network on Bennett Road found the infant asleep on the floor on his stomach on November 9th.

Three minutes later, the report says the workers went back to check on him and found him unresponsive, and performed CPR.

As of Wednesday, a hospital spokesperson says the 4-month-old is in critical condition at Children's Hospital.

The State Department of Human Services says they are investigating the incident and the daycare workers involved are now on a safety plan.

According to state licensing rules, babies 12-months-old and younger should be placed in a crib, on their backs, to sleep.

Employees at the day care say they couldn’t talk about what happened, and would pass on our crew’s information to someone who would be able to comment. We are still waiting to hear back from them.

Depend on us to update this story as we learn more.

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