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Infant’s death linked to child care

Unlicensed site told to close

While the late-February death of a 2-month-old infant remains under investigation, it appears, according to state records, the death occurred at an unlicensed child-care facility.

On Feb. 26, the body of a 2-month-old boy was taken to St. Joseph Hospital by ambulance from 2808 Windrush Drive.

The infant was pronounced dead at the hospital, and while no foul play is suspected, the cause of death is under investigation.

Last Thursday, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Bureau of Child Care sent a letter to Amy Auld at the same address, ordering her to “cease and desist” her operation of an illegal child-care operation.

The letter outlined a number of complaints filed against Auld, dating to an August 2006 inspection that found seven unrelated children in the home.

After the death of the infant Feb. 26, a visit to Auld’s home found 10 unrelated children under her care. She does not have a license to run a child care, according to the letter provided to The Journal Gazette.

On Wednesday, a state inspection of her home found 11 children in Auld’s care, only one of which was related to her, according to the letter from the state.

Indiana law requires the licensure of child-care facilities unless the provider is not paid for their work, cares only for children related to them or cares for fewer than six children, not including children related to the provider.

If she continues to operate a child-care center in defiance of the letter from state officials, Auld could face civil fines of up to $100 a day, according to the letter.

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards, who received a copy of the letter Monday, said none of the violations of the state’s child-care law amounts to more than a Class B misdemeanor. It is something she obviously finds frustrating.

“You can have 10 of your own kids and five of someone else’s,” Richards said.

While the Allen County Coroner’s Office said no foul play is suspected in the child’s death, Richards said the baby’s death remains under investigation.

A message left at Auld’s home was not returned Monday afternoon.