Death Of Toddler At N.J. Day Care Ruled Accident

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Officials say the death of a toddler at a New Jersey day care center was an accident.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan announced on Friday the 17-month-old boy became trapped when he pushed his head through an opening between the mattress and plastic mesh siding of his crib.

The prosecutor says pressure to the child’s neck restricted the flow of oxygenated blood to his brain.

The Medical Examiner’s Office concluded the child died of asphyxia in combination with bronchopneumonia and bronchitis.

Police were called to Maggie’s Little School in Perth Amboy in May. The boy was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center and pronounced dead.

The identity of the child, who lived in Carteret, has not been released.

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  • George

    Very sad! Agree with Chritina Murphy/

  • DDanny

    That’s why I think it is so important for us parents to stay ever vigilant and never let our guard down. There is some great advise on on how you can keep an eye on things. Don’t think your responsibilities are over once you start a daycare. Not by a long shot! This attention may not prevent everything but it can’t hurt and if we can spot trouble earlier we will all be better for it!

  • Freddy723

    God Bless the baby & parents How sad!!!

  • Chritina Murphy

    Question is how long was he in the crib without being checked on? So sad for the parents.

  • Alyssa


  • bf

    How Sad

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