Child, 3 months, dies Monday at rural day care

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 11/24/21

An autopsy was scheduled today (Wednesday) at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office in Columbia for a 3-month-old boy who died Monday at a private in-home day care facility south of …

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Child, 3 months, dies Monday at rural day care

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An autopsy was scheduled today (Wednesday) at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office in Columbia for a 3-month-old boy who died Monday at a private in-home day care facility south of Rosebud.

Gasconade County Coroner Jeff Arnold said an “administrative review of the child’s death” will be conducted through the Missouri Child Fatality Review Program offered by the State Technical Assistance Team (STAT) which is overseen by the Division of Health and Senior Service.

“STAT reviews every child fatality,” said Arnold.

He was not releasing the child’s name until after an autopsy could be conducted to determine cause and time of death.

“I can’t give out the name because it’s an ongoing investigation,” said Arnold on Tuesday. “We’re still conducting our investigation. I can’t release any details.”

He said he concurred with the sheriff’s assessment that there was no foul play involved.

“As far as foul play, none that we suspect,” said Arnold.

Owensville Area Ambulance District personnel were dispatched at 11:50 a.m. Nov. 22 to the 4100 block of Route T near Herbert Road for a report of a child who was in “cardiac arrest.”

Gasconade County Sheriff Scott Eiler said the facility was a private residence where a day care center was operated.

“She runs a day care out of it,” said Eiler of the residence. “There were other kids there, too. There was no sign of foul play. No foul play is suspected at all.”

The child was transported by ambulance to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, according to Eiler.

“Due to the age, an autopsy has to be conducted to determine cause of death and time of death,” Eiler said. “Once we get that autopsy back, we’ll know more. It’s an ongoing investigation. We’ll get a board together like we normally do and review everything.”

Arnold said the county’s prosecuting attorney is the elected official responsible for convening a child fatality review panel. 

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