Mother: Baby died at home daycare

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Detectives are investigating the death of an infant in Virginia Beach.

Monday around 1 p.m., police and fire-rescue crews responded to a report of cardiac arrest in the 1000 block of Cap Stone Crossing in Virginia Beach, according to James Cason with the Virginia Beach Police Department. When they arrived, crews found a five-month-old unresponsive. The infant was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 2:13 p.m.

Cason said the department is classifying the incident as a “death investigation.” 10 On Your Side talked to the infant’s mother, and she is demanding to know what happened to her son.

Amanda Holland said everything was fine when she dropped her son, Nycau Turner-Holland, off at his home daycare on Capstone Crossing Monday afternoon. The next time Holland saw her son, he was lifeless.

“Looking at him as he passed by on the stretcher, I could tell that he was already gone,” she said.

Holland said when she got the phone call about her son, she rushed to the daycare. Paramedics did all they could, but it wasn’t enough.

“There was no reason for him to die that day. I just had him the day before,” said Frank Turner, Nycau’s father. “He was happy, healthy, nothing was wrong with him. I didn’t expect that phone call.”

“[Doctors] estimated that he had already not been breathing 30 minutes until they think she found him,” said Holland.

This is what has Holland thinking something must have gone wrong at the daycare.

“Her story was that the helper had laid down to take a nap with Nycau and when she went to check on them he was not responding, then she started CPR,” said Holland.

Holland said she can’t rest until she knows exactly why her baby died.

“There is no way that while my baby is sleeping you should be sleeping, and it should not have taken you 30 minutes to find him or check on him,” she said.

No charges have been filed in this case, which is why 10 On Your Side is not naming the daycare provider. WAVY.com found the daycare has a voluntary registration, which means it does not have to be licensed.

No further information has been released. Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.

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