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UPDATE: Neighbors say state of NH previously shut down unlicensed day care where child died


NASHUA — Neighbors of an unlicensed day care where a child died Wednesday said the operation had previously been shut down.

Police said Thursday they are investigating the death of a 15-month-old child at the home at 131 Ash St.

READ: Nashua police investigating death of 15-month-old male toddler

Officers responded to the home at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday for reports of a male child who was unconscious and not breathing. On arrival, officers and firefighters began performing CPR. The child was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A neighbor who did not wish to be named said she had reported them before.

"A few years ago I called the state on them, and the state came down and closed them down," the woman said. "She was falling asleep as a toddler was wading in a little pool, and it concerned me that the baby was going to drown."

She said the property is in disrepair with dangerous equipment in the back yard.

"I blame the parents," she said. "I cannot believe a parent could walk up to that front door and drop a child off in a place that looks like that."

Another neighbor Wayne Andrews said a man and a woman ran the unlicensed day care and that they worried about problems.

“We knew something was going to happen. My wife said ... she didn’t feel good (about it), doesn’t feel right. Sad to say,” he said. “I believe (DHHS is) overworked. They don’t have enough people to check all of these places out. And neighbors don’t complain either.”

Several other children found at the residence were checked out at other medical facilities as a precaution. All of those children have been medically cleared.

The Nashua Police Department has contacted the New Hampshire Child Care Licensing Unit about the unlicensed day care.

An autopsy has been conducted on the child but results are pending. The family of the dead child is not affiliated with the Ash Street address, police said.

The home belongs to Shane and Erica Lavalley. At this time, it is unknown if they live at the home or are the ones operating the day care.

NH1 News will update this story as more information becomes available.

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