A woman running a crowded day care where an infant stopped breathing last week and later died tried in vain to revive the 6-week-old baby.
Elizabeth Caldwell told police she attempted CPR on the unconscious infant, Zaden Jones, while a friend who was helping watch the children called 911 for an ambulance, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
Jones' mother dropped him off at the Rock Hill day care in Caldwell's home around 7:30 a.m. Three hours later, Caldwell was attempting resuscitation after noticing milk and blood running from the child's nose, the report states. He was not breathing.
Her daughter, Titeta Caldwell, told The Herald's news partner, WSOC-TV, that her mother checked the boy often and that he seemed fine after he was dropped off.
"She went into the room to check him and he was breathing and he was fine. A moment later, she went back in and she saw he was not breathing," Titeta Caldwell said. “She called 911, and they walked her through doing CPR for the baby."
The infant was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. There was no sign of trauma to his body, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said Friday.
Officials still haven't released any information from the child's autopsy. Gast said Tuesday she is waiting on pathology and other lab results before releasing further information about the baby's cause of death.
Jones will be laid to rest this afternoon at Mount Zion Baptist Church in McConnells after a 1 p.m. funeral at Parker Funeral Home.
Police are investigating the child's death, Lt. Brad Redfearn said. Charges could result from the investigation, but none had been filed Monday.
The day care at 1114 Pearson Drive is licensed to Caldwell, who also goes by the name of Elizabeth Truesdale. The center was shut down Friday after authorities found 20 children in the home while responding to an emergency call for the infant.
Police found in-home day care operating over legal capacity. All of the children were younger than 5, and there were two adults supervising. The S.C. Department of Social Services is also investigating.
The day care has been operating on and off since 1993, said Marilyn Matheus of DSS media relations. Elizabeth Caldwell is registered as the operator of a family child care home, Matheus said. Her registration was renewed in March.
Among the requirements to qualify as a family child care home are zoning approval, letters of reference and consent forms from parents.
No inspections or staff trained in providing emergency care are necessary, according to information provided on the DSS website.