Autospy reveals boy in East Ridge daycare care died of asphyxia

Warren Hunt found unresponsive at East Ridge day care on November 9th. Images: WTVC/Hunt family

UPDATE (February 7):

The family of a 4-month-old Warren Hunt, found unresponsive in an East Ridge daycare, has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the daycare.

Read more about the family's claims here.


An autopsy reveals that a 4-month-old baby who was rushed to the hospital after he was found unresponsive at an East Ridge daycare center died of asphyxia.

Workers at Child Care Network on Bennett Road found Warren Hunt unresponsive back on November 9th.

His mother says Hunt died on December 10th.

The autopsy report finds that Hunt died from "asphyxia: airway obstructed by bedding," and rules the death accidental.

The state of Tennessee followed up with the Child Care Network after the incident, and issued the center four violations, including 2 violations for safe sleep, 1 violation for supervision, and 1 violation for management due to inadequate training and program oversight.

The report found that "caregivers did not provide a required level of supervision to a 4 month old child on November the 9th. That child fell asleep after rolling onto his stomach. This lead to an emergency situation when the child stopped breathing. The incident occurred over a period of time that may have exceeded two minutes when caregivers were not watching the infant. Additionally caregivers failed to immediately begin CPR on the infant."

The state ordered that the infant rooms at the center be closed, and that the employee who was in the room at the time of the incident undergo training, and not be allowed to be around children without supervision.

East Ridge Police are investigating the incident. No charges have been filed as of Thursday.

Read more about the case here.

This story will be updated.

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