Baby Girl Dies After Day Care Director Tries to Save Her

Police are investigating the death of a baby girl who was rushed to the hospital Wednesday from her day care center in North Philadelphia.

A relative found workers performing CPR on his 10-month-old niece when he stopped by the day care facility at 3539 Germantown Avenue to check on her, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation who is not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Philadelphia police confirm the director of Sisters Childcare Center administered CPR on the baby.

She was rushed to Temple University Hospital two blocks away, where she was pronounced dead at 12:42 p.m., police said.

Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services website shows the day care is licensed to provide care for children who range in age from infants to 15 years old.

During a July inspection, the state listed 24 areas of noncompliance for Sisters Childcare. Those included concerns about a lack of background checks on some employees, outdated or insufficient emergency contact information for children, one staff member was caught yelling at children during the inspection, several caretakers who supervised children lacked state-required training which included emergency plan and fire safety training. The inspection report shows at times there were not enough staff to meet the ratios required and cleanliness was also an issue with human feces found on the toilet. When inspectors visited again on Oct. 2, they found the center had made the necessary changes to meet state regulations for 5 areas of noncompliance and accepted the day care center's plans to correct the remaining 19 issues.

In order to be granted a regular Certificate of Compliance, the center needs to correct all noncompliant issues. Currently, the day care is operating under a "Provisional" Certificate of Compliance which expires Dec. 26.

You can check state records to see the inspection history of your child's day care. Instructions are on the Pennsylvania's Promise for Children website.

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