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Local, state investigations under way after baby dies at registered child care home

A local and state investigation is under way after an 8-month-old girl died at a registered child care home in Fort Worth, authorities said Wednesday.

The baby was identified as Hadley Fowler, of Fort Worth, who died Tuesday afternoon at Cook Children’s Medical Center, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.

She was pronounced dead at 4:13 p.m., just more than an hour after firefighters and paramedics responded to a home in northwest Fort Worth. A caller at the home said a baby was unconscious and not breathing, according to a police call log.

A cause of death is pending an autopsy and test results.

The home day care operator could not be reached Wednesday.

Detectives with the crimes against children unit are investigating. Officials with the Texas Department of Family Protective Services child care unit also are investigating because the home is a registered child care home.

The home is licensed to serve infants, toddlers, pre-kindergarten and school children with hours of operation from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It has been registered since 2004, according to Texas Health and Human Services.

The capacity in the home is nine, but authorities did not comment on how many children were at the home on Tuesday.

“DFPS will investigate whether or not abuse or neglect occurred in this case, and we will also investigate the child care operation for any deficiencies in state standards,” said Marissa Gonzales, a DFPS spokeswoman, in a Wednesday email.

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