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State investigators say 2-month old died at Cleveland daycare

Posted at 4:04 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 14:07:38-04

CLEVELAND — State investigators have determined that 2-month-old Di'Yanni Griffin died at a Cleveland daycare, supporting mother Taylor Bush's claim that one of its employees handed Bush an unresponsive baby on June 18. The Department of Jobs and Family Services said the child died at Nana's Home Daycare in its license suspension order.

Earlier today, the county suspended operations at the daycare.

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The owner of Nana's Home Daycare in Cleveland, Danielle Townsend, told News 5 she is not to blame for the death of a two-month-old who died after spending several hours there on June 18.

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According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, the 2-month-old girl was identified as Di'Yanni L. Griffin. Police were notified about the death and responded to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. Authorities say preliminary reports indicate that the child probably died from natural causes.

"The complete investigation of this case may take weeks before a final cause of death is available, but there is no indication of suspicious circumstances at this time," said Thomas Gilson, the Medical Examiner of Cuyahoga County.

Police say they are investigating.

The infant's mother told News 5 in an interview that she dropped off Di'Yanni and her sons at Nana’s Home Daycare on Giddings Road on Tuesday morning. Bush said when she retrieved Di'Yanni, she was unresponsive.

The Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services issued the following statement:

When a child dies while in the care of a family child care provider, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services can immediately suspend a provider’s license. Because of the tragic situation that occurred in Cleveland last week, ODJFS has suspended the license of Nana’s Home Daycare. The facility cannot continue to operate and care for children. Its license will remain suspended until the public children services agency completes its investigation or the provider’s license is revoked.

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