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Investigation continues into baby's death in Sterling

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State police continue to investigate baby's death in Sterling. (WFSB) State police continue to investigate baby's death in Sterling. (WFSB)
STERLING, CT (WFSB) -

Eyewitness News learned more about a 9-month-old girl who died possibility in the care of a Sterling daycare provider.

Documents obtained by Eyewitness News that show the daycare lost its license last September, but Connecticut State Police are saying it was still operating. 

The cause of death for the 9-month-old is still “pending further study,” according to the medical examiner.

However, the private daycare on Logan’s Way was in violation a handful of times since it opened in 2008.

Police received an emergency call about an "unresponsive baby" at 12 Logan's Way around 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. The child was rushed to Backus Hospital where police said the baby died a short time later.

State vehicles were seen in front of the home on Friday morning. Connecticut State Police were also at the home on Friday. Connecticut State Police told Eyewitness News they don't believe there’s anything criminal about this case. 

Eyewitness News doesn’t know how many children were inside the home at the time of the infant's death, but has learned Rebecca Wilder ran a private day care facility.

According to the state's Office of Early Childhood Development, Wilder’s daycare license was revoked last September after a three-month investigation...

Last June, the licensee was unaware that a toddler walked out of the daycare home and was found unsupervised by his parent.  During that same month, the licensee allowed her sister to remove two children from the child care home.

Wilder was also cited twice in the past in 2009 and 2013 for having too many kids in her care. There were 13 children present in the home, which is eight more kids than what she is allowed to have.

Authorities also said poisonous materials were found including the following items:

  • Alcohol
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Sunblock
  • Pledge
  • Bug spray
  • Febreeze 

Electrical outlets were found uncovered while staircases lacked child safety gates and exercise equipment was easily accessible, according to reports from the Office of Early Childhood Development. 

After wilder's license was revoked last year, she had the opportunity to fight the violations, but the state said she never did. 

According to the state, if you operated a daycare without a license, the penalty is $100 a day every day you're in business.

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