7-Month-Old Girl Dies at Unlicensed Hawaii Day Care, Where Neighbor Says She Saw Disturbing Signs
Authorities are performing an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death
Honolulu police are investigating the death of a 7-month-old girl who died at an unlicensed day care over the weekend.
The baby, known only as Abigail, was found unresponsive at the day care on Sunday afternoon. She was pronounced dead later that day. The cause and manner of death has not yet been determined and PEOPLE confirms that the Honolulu police are still awaiting autopsy results from the Medical Examiner’s Office.
No one has been charged in the death and a police brief first obtained by Hawaii News Now states “there were no suspicious circumstances or evidence of foul play,” but police say the investigation is ongoing.
In the wake of the baby’s death, neighbors of the day care have come forward, saying that they were worried about the goings-on in the private home on Aliamanu Military Reservation.
Neighbor Katie Camario spoke to military newspaper Stars and Stripes about her concerns. According to the newspaper, Camario alleges she saw unattended children chasing each other with sticks, another child’s head caught in the playground equipment and even a toddler sticking a butane barbecue lighter in his mouth.
Camario said she made numerous calls to the Army housing authority and the military police. While the home was allegedly raided by police several times, the day care allegedly always reopened. According to Fox 19, military police shut down the unlicensed day care on February 21, just three days before the baby girl was found dead.
PEOPLE was unable to reach the day care operator. It is unclear whether the operator has retained an attorney.
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Abigail’s family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for her funeral expenses.
“Abigail was only seven months old and full of life,” the GoFundMe page reads. “She was a happy baby and loved all your attention, had the biggest smile with eyes that could light up a room. The sweetest baby and, sadly, taken from her momma and little brother too soon.”
According to the GoFundMe, the baby’s father was away on a military drill when the girl died.
While the Honolulu police continue to gather evidence in the case, Fox 19 reports that the NCIS will eventually take over the investigation because it happened in military housing.
While the investigation is ongoing, the bereaved family is left mourning the loss of the infant. “Many of us know and love Anna, [her brother] Zachariah and baby Abigail dearly,” a family friend wrote on the GoFundMe page. “We are praying for answers, comfort and peace for Anna and her family.”