After three and a half months of maternity leave, Adrienne Kromer’s took her daughter, McKenna Felmly to a daycare because she had to return to work. She said she called her daughter’s new daycare center three times to check on the baby girl.
Kromer said her daughter was perfectly healthy when she was dropped off at the Lehigh Township, Pennsylvania, center in the morning,
Kromer said she was nervous about dropping her daughter off at such a tender age but had to go back to work. She said one time when she called the daycare, they told her McKenna was having trouble sucking on her bottle,then they later said she’d fallen asleep quickly (something Kromer said was very rare for her daughter to do),so Kromer decided to leave work early and pick up her daughter.
Few minutes after she left work, the daycare center called her and told her McKenna wasn’t breathing. By the time Kromer arrived, McKenna had been transported to the hospital; soon after Kromer and Brian Felmly (the infant’s father) arrived at the hospital, doctors told them they couldn’t save the infant and that she had passed away.
Daycare workers said they found McKenna unresponsive in her crib and that they gave CPR and several other attempts to revive her at the daycare, but she was pronounced dead upon her arrival at the hospital.
An autopsy showed no signs of trauma and police say the death does not appear suspicious at this time, but a cause of death won’t be determined until toxicology and viral tests are completed and other aspects of the case, including the crib, are investigated.
“We are continuing to conduct interviews with family, friends, and employees of the daycare,” the police chief told LeHigh Valley Live Wednesday. “We still have some work to finish yet. I can’t say when we will determine manner of death.”
The result could take as long as three months.
Police confirmed that the daycare center has a valid certificate of operation and had last been inspected in January this year.