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5-month-old boy dies after found unresponsive at Waltham daycare

Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan on Wednesday revealed an investigation into the death of a 5-month-old boy who was found unresponsive at a day care in Waltham.

Emergency crews rushed to a licensed day care facility on Falmouth Road on Tuesday night. Staff at the day care immediately administered CPR on the infant, Ryan said in a statement.

He was pronounced dead at an area hospital. No foul play is suspected in the infant’s death, the district attorney’s office said.

The cause of his death has not yet been determined, according to the statement.

Ryan disclosed the investigation in a statement announcing a new resource her office will provide to families who experience the unexpected death of a child.

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State Police detectives assigned to her office will now provide the families with informational material from the Massachusetts Center for Unexpected Infant and Child Death, according to the statement.

Ryan said she decided to add the resource following a legislative hearing on Tuesday, during which families whose children died of sudden infant death syndrome spoke of their difficulties connecting with resources.

“The loss of a child is the most devastating tragedy a family can endure. We know that the trauma of this loss has immediate impacts on those who loved and cared for that child,” said Ryan in the statement.

“Yesterday’s hearing exposed a gap in services that our office has the capability to address,” she continued. “I applaud the Legislature’s efforts to codify the practice of providing these resources, but given the immediate need to address this problem we are acting now.”


Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @danny__mcdonald. Breanne Kovatch can be reached atbreanne.kovatch@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @breannekovatch.