Sweetpea Day Care Operation License Suspended Following Infant’s Death

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BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) - The Alabama Department of Human Resources has suspended the operation license for the Sweetpea Learning Academy and Day Care following the death of a four-month-old child on Monday.

According to the suspension notice issued by DHR, the suspension is based on the center's failure to comply with the provisions of the license and violations of the Minimum Standards for Day Care Center and Nighttime Centers in regard to placing a baby on its stomach, items in the crib with the baby that are disallowed, failure to read the Minimum Standards, failure to have a qualified Director in charge on the day of the incident, and making false and misleading statements to law enforcement and DHR during the investigation.

Read the entire notice of suspension by clicking here

DHR will be passing out flyers to parents of children who attend Sweetpea Learning Academy and Day Care.

It all started when police responded to a call of an unresponsive child around 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Sweetpea Learning Academy and Day Care.

Authorities say CPR was being administered to a four-month-old boy who had stopped breathing.

Paramedics continued CPR before taking the child to Marshall Medical South.  The child was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say a child care worker had placed the infant in a crib for a nap.

The child was found not breathing a short time later.  Police said foul play is not suspected in this case.

It is not known if the child had any medical conditions that may have been a factor in his death.

Officers say the entire day care staff is certified in CPR and those certifications are up to date.

WHNT News 19 reached out to the owner of Sweetpea Learning Academy and Day Care, but that person declined to give us a comment.



  • kathy

    Don’t judge before you know what happened. Praying for the parents of the baby and the daycare employees. We had a child in our center who had a lot of heart problems that he was born with. Over the week end he had started to run a fever, was admitted and by the end of the week had passed. To this day ( 25 years ago ) we still feel an emptiness. It’s something that doesn’t go away.

  • brenda

    As a former daycare worker myself i cant imagin what truly happen. There are rules and regulations daycare staff are to abide by if one belives they are above it then they have no place near other’s children. My heart goes out to the baby’s family. And may the ones responsible be held accountable. If they had done their jobs properly a lil life could have been saved.

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