HPD and social services investigate infant death

I■ Mary Ann Morris / Editor
t’s every working mother’s nightmare. An investigation has been launched into the death of a 7-month-old infant girl, who died while in the care of an unlicensed day care facility in Hemet. The infant’s family had been using this home for day care for at least two years.
Baby Addison Watkins was dropped off at a home on Stepstone Court in Hemet the morning of March 27, according to a news release by the Hemet Police Department. Firefighters were summoned to the residence at about 8:06 a .m. after Addison became unresponsive.
After a visit by State Social Services investigators to the daycare facility, the owner of the facility agreed to immediately stop providing unlicensed child care.
Addison was taken to the hospital by ambulance and was unable to be revived. There were no obvious signs of trauma. An autopsy should provide conclusive results and the investigation by officials continues.
Kristin Watkins, Addison’s mother, has been very vocal on her Facebook page, chronicling the incident that stripped her baby from their family. A GoFundMe page has brought forth more than $17,000 in donations, which Watkins said will be used to help her husband and her stay home with their remaining child while they grieve through Addison’s death.
“I promise this will help Steven and I stay home from work longer to mourn together. I know a lot of you have asked to help, and I think right now the only help we need is prayers,” wrote Kristin. “My stomach hurts too much to eat meals, my heart hurts too much to think, and I just want you all to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. She was gone too soon, and justice needs to be served. My angel did not deserve this.”

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