Toronto Star: Baby dies at unregulated Markham daycare, sparking police probe

Nov 15, 2013

Toronto Star: November 15 2013

The police and the province’s chief corner are investigating the death of a 9 month old baby who died in an unlicensed child care facility; the third in unlicensed child care this year.

When emergency responders were called to the residence on the Meadows Ave near Country Glen Road, the baby girl was not breathing. A post-mortem examination was conducted and found no signs of trauma to the body. It is not known how the infant died, however the corner is waiting on toxicology reports. The home where the baby died is operated by Andrea Cleator, “who has a certificate as an early childhood assistant from Sheridan College, according to her Facebook profile”.

 “The Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care says provincial laws should be changed to ensure all home daycare providers are overseen by licensed agencies.”

“One death is too many,” said coalition spokesperson Andrea Calver. “But now we have three. We need to make sure that something like this doesn’t happen again. It’s not enough to take people’s word that they are providing adequate care.”

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