Baby dies after being put down for nap at unlicensed day care

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NEW YORK — More than 100 people have donated to help the family of an infant who died while in an unlicensed day care on Monday.

A GoFundMe campaign is raising funds for the parents of 3-month-old Karl Towndrow, who was found unconscious at his day care, SoHo Child Care. It was the infant's first visit to the facility.

Karl Towndrow

Karl Towndrow

Towndrow was rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital Monday afternoon where he was pronounced dead. The GoFundMe account says little Karl went into cardiac arrest.

"Karl was beloved by his parents, who doted on him every moment," the GoFundMe description read. "He was their joy and brought happiness to everyone who met him."

No charges have been filed against the director of the day care, but police say the center had been operating for around 14 years without a license.

The city's medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

"Karl's family would like to thank everyone who has offered their condolences and is offering support during this painful time," the page read


  • Erica Putnam

    Just because the facility was unlicensed does not mean that this is where these kinds of things happen. My cousin lost her 3 month old at a licensed facility recommended to her by the state. The lady watching him gave him Benadryl to put him to sleep and he overdosed. She only got a slap on the wrist and her license suspended. She is back to watching children full time again. This women was from a license facility. I have had my own daughter in an unlicensed daycare for two years and wouldn’t change it for the world. I was not confortable with her at a license facility because I felt like they were more concerned with rules and regulations than just giving quality care to my daughter. Not to say all that any of these are bad, but to put blame based on licensure is not the problem. The problem is people making bad decisions. My heart goes out to the grieving parents.

  • Denise Tapia

    I’m sorry for the loss of baby Karl. Parents should of made sure the they has there license. RIP Karl😇

  • Lisa

    Granted, the facility should have a license, but if they’ve been operating for 14 years without one, I highly doubt the baby died due to lack of a license. In 14 years do you have any inkling of how many children have been through there WITHOUT dying? Prayers for the people on all sides.

  • Cathy Schadow

    I have a 6 month grandson who is in daycare and I worry about him everyday. I’m do sorry for your loss. I hope they shut down the daycare centet for good. God Bless your family at this tragic time.

  • crystal

    I have a 4 month old and I can’t imagine going through that loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

  • Dawn Nielson

    How can the daycare not be licensed for 13 years! I am a licensed daycare and there is no way that could happen here in Utah specially with a daycare center how did the state not know about this operating? They should be severely penalized for not being licensed! I know I would be here if I did that! The state daycare licensing division needs to step up on their jobs!

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