Baby dies after found unresponsive in crib at La Petite Academy

Micah Colin McMullen

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) —  La Petite Academy on Brookwood Medical Drive is reportedly on probation according to a release sent to parents after a 4 month old was found unresponsive in a crib.LaPetit Brookwood

According to the coroner, Micah Colin McMullen was found unresponsive in a crib on Dec. 16. He was taken to Children’s Hospital by paramedics where he passed away on Dec 22.

IMG_5306His death is still under investigation by Homewood police. The coroner said they are looking into circumstances surrounding the death.

A letter sent to parents on Wednesday was shared with WIAT 42. The letter reports the school was put on probationary status by the Alabama Department of Human Resources starting Dec. 30.

WIAT 42 reached out to DHR, who said that probation means if another incident were to occur, they would be subject to further review.

DHR spokesperson Barry Spear said the investigation into the facility is not over. According to Spear, the facility has “several other prior substantiated complaints,” which he said means “three or more.”

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Spear also said the facility must post their probation status in a visible spot in the facility.

A GoFundMe has been started to help cover the costs of Micah’s care. The story on the GoFundMe, “Micah’s Faith Fund,” reads as follows:

On August 14, 2015 Theo & Konica McMullen were blessed with the birth of their only child, Micah, which in Hebrew means “Gift From God.” Micah had been a healthy baby, was thriving, and was the absolute Joy of Theo & Konica’s lives…

The morning of Wednesday December 16, 2015 was like any other day. Sweet Little Micah was taken to daycare while mom & dad went to work. Happy & Healthy that morning …the unthinkable happened. A phone call NO parent could ever imagine receiving. Four month old precious Micah had become unresponsive! By the Grace of God & the help of an Excellent Medical Team at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, little Micah’s heart began to beat once again! Over the course of the next six days multiple tests were performed …But unfortunately, although Micah’s little heart was beating strong, his brain was not fuctioning. Surrounded by loving family & friends, baby Micah gained his angel wings on December 22, 2015 at 12:32 pm.  

This series of events has left Theo & Konica absolutely Heartbroken, …but they stand strong in Faith &  are grateful for the time they had with their “Gift From God.” They find comfort in knowing that their Lord & Savior will one day reunite them with their Sweet Baby Micah…

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Luke 18:16

As you can imagine the health care expenses & costs to lay sweet Micah to rest are surmountable. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and would help to relieve the financial burden while Theo & Konica begin the grieving process. 

Thank You to Everyone for your Loving Support & Continued Prayers! God Bless!

La Petite Academy has released a statement regarding the death of Micah Colin McMullen:

“We are heartbroken that a child from our school has passed away. On Dec. 16, the infant became unresponsive in his classroom crib.  Our staff is trained to handle urgent situations and followed our emergency procedures.  First responders arrived on site within minutes of the school calling 911. They assessed the child’s condition and provided medical attention before he was taken to a local hospital.  We were informed that the child passed away on Dec. 22. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

This week, we received notification that the Alabama Department of Human Resources has placed the school on a probationary status for six months for not meeting certain criteria related to the sleeping environment in an infant classroom.  We are partnering with the Department to fulfill all conditions of the probationary status, including supplementary staff training on the full spectrum of child sleep-related practices.  In addition, we have further strengthened our internal protocols, exceeding state guidelines, to ensure regulatory compliance.  We will continue to work cooperatively with the relevant state and local agencies as they monitor our operations to confirm we fully meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. We take our responsibility as caregivers very seriously.”

La Petite Academy says some staff members are on leave “pending the outcome of the investigations.”

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