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Daycare providers comment on Mitchell infant death

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The investigation continues into the death of a three-month-old at a Mitchell daycare. Brooklyn Howard died Tuesday afternoon, an autopsy has been done but police won't say whether foul play was involved.

KSFY spoke with a few Mitchell daycares to see what they do to keep the children in their care safe. The world of in-home daycare is a busy one. Providers like Susan Callies, say the goal is to stay one step ahead.

"I just try and stay on top of things all the time, always check on them and watching them, you do the best you can do and I'm sure most providers do the best they can do." Said Callies.

Another rule of Callies' concerns age. She doesn't like watching babies less than six weeks old because they need constant supervision.

"Parents have to go to work and you have to have daycare, but a six week old baby, I've known a lot of day cares that have lost a baby from SIDS." Said Callies. 

Callies says sudden infant death syndrome can happen at any time and all daycares are nervous about it. As of right now, detectives don't know what caused the death of 3-month old Brooklyn Howard but Callies says hearing news like this breaks her heart.

"I've been a daycare provider for almost 30 years and my heart goes out to both of them, I know if anything happens at my place I feel sick about it and I feel for the parents, I have grandchildren and I have kids, so I feel really bad for both of them." Said Callies.

Callies also said she hopes no one jumps to conclusions about what happened on Tuesday, adding it's a tough ordeal but people will have answers soon enough.

The Davison County Sheriff says an autopsy was done on Howard Thursday morning in Sioux Falls. Again, details of that autopsy have not yet been released.

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