Mom's friend upset by baby's death at day care

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-16 11:22:23-05

A tragic death in a southwest Iowa town after a 3-month-old baby didn’t wake up in a Shenandoah at-home day care.

Investigators, friends and family members are still trying to find out details about how it happened.

Nicole Ford was picking up 3-month-old Lily McKeever and her older sister from the day care on Wednesday.

She said after several minutes of waiting, she knew something was wrong, and that’s when the ambulance showed up. 

“They came in and passed Lily to one of the EMTs and took her out the ambulance. It was one of the scariest things I have seen in my life,” said Ford.

The paramedics were not able to resuscitate Lily, and she was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

“It breaks my heart for my best friend,” said Ford.

The day care gave Ford the timeline of Lily’s day, and it has her worried.

"She told me they fed Lily 4.5 ounces at 12:30, then laid her down 12:45, and she told me the last time she peeked in at about 1 p.m., and I go there at 2, and that's when they found her, so what happened in that hour?”

When KMTV went to the day care, they said they have been advised not to talk to anybody and that they are still open for business.

There is an investigation into Lily’s death. Ford said she knows accidents happen, and there are times when babies die of sudden infant death syndrome, also known as SIDS. 

“I hope it wasn't negligence on the babysitter's part,” said Ford.

There will be a visitation for Lily on Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral is on Tuesday at 11 a.m., both services are at Bethel Christian Ministries.