According to the News Tribune’s news partner WCVB-TV, an infant who was found unresponsive at a day care facility in Waltham was later pronounced dead, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said on June 12.
Staff administered CPR at the Falmouth Road center, and the 5-month-old baby was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The name of the center was not released.
In response, Ryan said Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office will now provide families who suffer the unexpected death of a child with informational material from The Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death.
The center’s mission is to offer integrated, meaningful and professional resources to families and their communities to help and support them after an unexpected death during pregnancy, infancy or early childhood.
The change follows Wednesday’s legislative hearing on “An Act relative to supporting families dealing with infant death syndrome” where families who lost children to SIDS shared their personal stories and the difficulties they had connecting with resources.
“The loss of a child is the most devastating tragedy a family can endure. We know that the trauma of this loss has immediate impacts on those who loved and cared for that child,” said Ryan. “Yesterday’s hearing exposed a gap in services that our office has the capability to address. I applaud the legislature's efforts to codify the practice of providing these resources, but given the immediate need to address this problem we are acting now.”