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Middlesex DA Offers Resources To Families Who Suffer Sudden Death Of A Child

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WALTHAM – In response to the tragic death of a 5-month-old baby boy at a daycare in Waltham this week Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced her office is now providing new resources to families who suffer the unexpected death of a child.

The baby was found unresponsive at a licensed daycare facility on the evening of June 12, the DA’s office said in a statement. The staff administered CPR before the baby was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Waltham and State Police are investigating the incident, but the DA’s office stated that no foul play is suspected. The cause of death is not yet available. Neither the name of the daycare nor the baby’s name has been released.

In response to this incident, Ryan said Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office will now provide families who suffer the unexpected death of a child with informational material from The Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death.

The center’s mission is to provide an “individualized and compassionate response to bereaved families, offer integrated, meaningful, and professional resources, and help affected families and their communities grieve,’’ according to its website http://www.magriefcenter.org/.

The new policy follows Wednesday’s legislative hearing on “An Act relative to supporting families dealing with infant death syndrome” where families, who lost children to SIDS, shared their personal stories and the problems they had getting resources.

“The loss of a child is the most devastating tragedy a family can endure. We know that the trauma of this loss has immediate impacts on those who loved and cared for that child,” Ryan said.

She said information presented at the hearing “exposed a gap in services that our office has the capability to address.’’

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