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Kentwood day care closed after infant dies

Posted at 10:06 PM, Feb 25, 2015

KENTWOOD, Mich. -- A three-month-old infant is dead and a Kentwood day care has been shut down in the aftermath. Police say Cooper Fales' father found his son unresponsive after picking up Cooper and his siblings from Bridges Day Care in Kentwood on Thursday, February 19.

Cooper was already bundled up in his car seat as his siblings scrambled into the car on a day where temperatures hovered around zero. When the family arrived home, Cooper was unresponsive and all resuscitation efforts failed.

Gone from a family that had only begun to know him, Cooper's obituary says he was “a light that will continue to shine.”

Authorities say the medical examiner found evidence that Cooper had died hours earlier -- while at Bridges.

The Department of Human Services launched a special investigation at the daycare on Friday. DHS found 11 violations suspending operations at the day care immediately and recommending the license be revoked.

Bridges Day Care is listed under the name Teresa Mowers. FOX 17 is told Mowers did not appeal DHS's recommendation, and she has not yet responded to a request for comment.

No charges have been filed at this point, and authorities say a cause of death has not yet been determined.  They say there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Cooper was laid to rest Tuesday February 24, just shy of turning four months old.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for his family during this difficult time.