Baby dies at Coon Rapids day care; no sign of foul play

by Peter Bodley

Managing Editor

There was no sign of foul play in the death of an eight-month boy at a Coon Rapids in-home day care yesterday afternoon (Thursday, Feb. 15).

Coon Rapids Police were called to the home of Janelle Rutzen, 50, 10600 block of Drake Street N.W., at 3:20 p.m., on a report of an unresponsive baby.

When police arrived they found Rutzen’s daughter, Kari, 29, performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the boy.

Paramedics and Coon Rapids firefighters took over CPR, but the baby remained unresponsive when he was taken to the hospital, the police report states.

There were 10 to 12 other children at the licensed in-home day care, according to the police report.

According to Cmdr. Paul Sommer, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the investigation, there is nothing suspicious about the boy’s death.

“The baby was put down for a nap and didn’t wake up,” Sommer said.

“We respond to five or six case like this a year at day care centers and in-home day cares.”

Anoka County day care licensing officials have been informed of the incident, but the day care provider called 911 right away and there is nothing to indicate there was any license violation, Sommer said.

The providers are fully cooperating with the investigation, he said.

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