Toddler day home death in Brooks prompts investigation

Police in Brooks, Alta., are investigating the sudden death of a toddler in a day home. The 18-month-old girl was found not breathing and unresponsive.

Police in Brooks, Alta., are investigating the sudden death of a toddler in a day home.

Police and emergency responders arrived on Monday at 3:35 p.m. MT after the day home operator called for help. The 18-month-old girl was not breathing and unresponsive.

Emergency workers tried to revive the child, but couldn’t. An autopsy did not reveal the cause of death.

Brooks RCMP and the Calgary medical examiner's officer are investigating the child's death and the day home operator is co-operting fully, said Sgt. Raimo Lowe.

"At this time nothing appeared to be of an injury nature," he said.

The child didn't have any known health problems, he said.

Police described the day home as a child care operation in a residence in Brooks. It’s not registered with the provincial government and the operator cared for eight children, including her own.

Sally Stuike of Child and Family Services in Calgary says it's not illegal to be unregistered.

"Anyone who is caring for children at home who decides to take in up to six children extra is not breaking the law [but] helping out the community," she said.

Brooks is located about 160 kilometres southeast of Calgary.