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MSP: Montcalm County 1-year-old's death 'suspicious'

Posted at 6:16 AM, Mar 03, 2020

DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Tuesday afternoon, Michigan State Police called the death of 1-year-old Vayda Vasquez "suspicious". Police say she died early Monday at a home near the intersection of Stanton and Hillman roads in Stanton.

As of Tuesday morning, lights were on inside the home in question.

Christopher Sanchez, Vayda's father, said his daughter was found unresponsive at a babysitter's home. Lifesaving efforts were attempted but not successful.

"I feel if my daughter was in my possession the whole time, this would have never happened," Sanchez said.

He said he learned his daughter died through social media and that Vayda was at the home of a babysitter he didn't approve when she died.

"Whoever did this, if it was the lady or if it wasn't, they definitely deserve what's coming to them," he said, "and I hope they never see freedom ever again because ... my daughter was an angel."

We're told Vayda was going to turn 2 years old next month.

"And there are other people who have had children there," said Vayda's grandmother, Shawnerie Russell. "Their kids don't ever want to go back. They beg not to go back."

MSP didn’t say what led up to Vayda’s death.

"It's a very sad situation here. Anytime there's a young child involved," MSP Lt. David Cope said. "It's very sad. I can't imagine what the family of the young child is going through right now."

No word on any arrests in the case.