15-month-old boy dies at unlicensed day care, police say

NASHUA, N.H (WHDH) - New Hampshire police are investigating the death of a 15-month-old boy at a house in Nashua, New Hampshire.

EMTs were called at around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday to a home at 131 Ash St. for a report of a toddler who was unconscious and not breathing. The toddler was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said the home was being used to run a day care. They said the operation was not properly licensed. Police have contacted the State of New Hampshire Child Care Licensing Unit.

“We knew they’ve been running an illegal child care, day care,” said neighbor Wayne Andrews. Another neighbor said at least five or six cars would drop children off at the house each day.

Andrews said he alerted the state after seeing several toddlers in the backyard playing in a small pool while a woman in a chair appeared to be falling asleep. The operation was shut down but Andrews said it opened again after a “couple of weeks.” He said he called again but his complaints were brushed aside.

Police said several children were at the home when officers responded to the call. They were taken to the hospital for evaluation as a precaution.

An autopsy will be done to determine the boy’s cause of death.

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