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Infant's death leads to day care license suspension

8/12/2013

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

At the request of local law enforcement officers, state health officials have suspended the day care license for Michelle M. Sarver in Hays.

The request came after emergency medical personnel were called to her home Wednesday to the report of an 8-week-old infant who wasn't breathing.

The infant died Saturday afternoon at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, according to Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler.

"At this point in the investigation, we're still trying to determine what happened," he said. "It's a tragic event for our community."

The child initially was rushed to Hays Medical Center and later airlifted to Wichita where he died.

The day care suspension order was issued Friday but wasn't announced by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment until Monday. While Sarver's day care license for 2405 Virginia allowed her to care for 10 children, it's uncertain how many children she was taking care of.

The suspension order provides some of the details of the circumstances surrounding the child's death.

"On Aug. 7, 2013, a nearly 8-week-old infant in the care of the licensee was put down for a nap on a bed in the licensee's home, propped up by pillows and blankets," the suspension order reads. "The infant was left unattended for approximately one-half hour. When the licensee checked on the infant, she found the infant on its stomach in the bed and unresponsive."

That's when emergency medical personnel were called.

Scheibler said he made the request for the temporary suspension of Sarver's day care license "to err on the side of caution."

"I cannot stress enough that all parties involved have been cooperating in this investigation," he said.