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Baby's death probed

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Henry County Sheriff's investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of a baby on Tuesday.

Jayda Danyelle Easley, 1, died after it was found she was having trouble breathing at a baby-sitter's house, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

She was the daughter of Dana and Derrick Easley of John Henry Road, Fieldale.

Rachel Wright, of 123 Briar Hill Drive, Fieldale, was baby-sitting the infant "when it was discovered that the child was having difficulty breathing," according to the release.

"At this point of the investigation, we're not aware" of any prior health problems the baby had, Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said.

A 9-year-old child, also at the home, "had been playing with the child prior to the breathing problem being detected," the release stated.

The 9-year-old "had been moving the child (baby) in an up- and downward motion over the bed" in a bedroom of the home when the 9-year-old realized the child was not breathing properly and summoned the baby-sitter for help, the release added.

Bassett Rescue Squad and Stone Ambulance responded to the 911 call, and the baby was taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, where she died while receiving treatment, according to police.

Perry declined to elaborate further on the circumstances surrounding the baby's death, pending results of an autopsy.

"We're hoping the autopsy will reveal" more information about the incident, he said.

The State Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke will conduct the autopsy.

Wright's home also was occupied by a 14 year old, a 3 year old and a 4 year old, including her own children, at the time of the incident, the release states.

"From my understanding" and at this early stage of the investigation, Perry said he did not think the day care was not licensed. He added that may not have been required based on the number of children being cared for in the home.


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