Infant dies, causing an emergency suspension of a daycare facility

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(WJTV & WIAT) BRANDON, MS – The Mississippi Department of Public Health shuts down an infant care facility one day after a baby dies.

Authorities say the incident happened at the Crossgates Children Center in Brandon, Mississippi.

According to Brandon Police Chief William Thompson, an 18-week old child was rushed to the hospital by ambulance with a police escort to the emergency room at Merit Health Rankin in Brandon around 10 a.m. Emergency room staff continued with life-saving measures, but the child could not be resuscitated.

The cause of the infant’s death has not been determined or released at this time, pending an autopsy.

At the time when the infant was found, two other babies were in the same room but were said to be okay.

WATCH: Mississippi Department of Public Health hold a press conference to explain the reasons for the emergency suspension of the infant care at the facility and what happened during the course of the agency’s investigation into the incident.

An infant dies, causing an emergency suspension of a daycare facility, health dept. holds a press conference

LIVE: An infant dies, causing an emergency suspension of a daycare facility. Mississippi Department of Public Health holds a press conference to explain the reasons for the emergency suspension in Brandon, Mississippi.

Posted by CBS 42 on Wednesday, August 14, 2019

During the investigation, Officials say as a part of the suspension terms and conditions the infant care facility can no longer care for infants under one year of age. Also, the facility can no longer enroll any new infants. The suspension also restricts the license of the Brandon childcare facility until further notice due to the death of the infant boy.

MDPH says they are not sure if the infant had any pre-existing conditions at this time

The Crossgates Children Center in Brandon, Mississippi, has been operating since May of 1992. No word on any charges for any employees.

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