ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Bambis Daycare, a Northwest Rochester child care facility was given an immediate temporary suspension by the Minnesota Department of Human Services on July 17, after a baby in its care was rush to a hospital.
The state says Bambis’ services pose an “imminent risk to persons being served.” The facility at 3308 7th Street NW is now barred from operating either with or without a license.
The incident caused Olmsted County Health, Housing and Human Services to recommend to DHS an immediate temporary license suspension, which went into effect on July 18. The order of temporary suspension stated:
“On July 17, 2019, Olmsted County determined that an infant in your care was found unresponsive and required emergency medical care. Three caregivers present in the home were interviewed by law enforcement and each one gave a different account of what happened while the infant was in their care,” the order stated. “Based on these findings, DHS cannot ensure the health and safety of the children served by your program at this time.”
Police told the Post Bulletin that the baby died at Mayo Clinic Saint Marys.
Police have not returned calls to KTTC seeking more information.
License holders Nusreta Mustafovic and Asim Mustafovic have appealed to get the license back, but a decision on the appeal has not been made yet.
The case is still under active investigation between the Rochester Police Department and Olmsted County Health, Housing and Human Services. A spokesperson from Olmsted County Health Housing and Human Services says there are three investigations in collaboration between the two agencies: “a child protection investigation, a child care licensing investigation and a criminal investigation.”
In a written statement to KTTC, Olmsted County Health, Housing and Human Services states:
“On July 17, 2019, Olmsted County Health, Housing and Human Services opened an investigation in collaboration with the Rochester Police Department regarding an infant found unresponsive in a child care provider’s home. Olmsted County notified the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Human Services issued a Temporary Immediate Suspension of the provider’s child care license. The providers have appealed the suspension as is within their right. Due to this being an active investigation no additional information can be released at this time.”
KTTC crews did try to contact the license holders, but the person who answered the phone, hung up.