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Day Care Suspended After Baby’s Death

The Children's Academy of Southwest Florida
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A Manatee County preschool will no longer be able to provide care to children 12 months and younger, following the recent death of a baby at the center, according to the Bradenton Herald.

The Department of Children and Families issued an emergency suspension of the Children's Academy of Southwest Florida’s infant care section Thursday. An investigation into the baby's death revealed several licensing violations.

Bradenton police said they were called by the Children's Academy on Jan. 7 when the baby stopped breathing. The day care center has attributed the death to natural causes, but toxicology tests are not yet complete. The center's other two locations still can care for infants, DCF said.

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