Police Investigate Daycare Death

UPDATE 11/1:

The daycare owner tells Newschannel 6 an account has been set up to benefit the family of the deceased child. Valarie Erfurt says the family is in need. Donations may be made via the First Bank Beneficiary Account. The routing number is 111907788 the account number is 4028929.


Wichita Falls Police Department Juvenile Detectives are investigating the death of an infant at a home daycare on the city's north side. Police tell us first responders were called to Valarie's Daycare in the 5400-block of Hooper just before 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

Police say the infant stopped breathing. Emergency crews rushed to United Regional where the baby was pronounced dead.

Child Protective Services was notified, which is standard procedure. WFPD crime scene investigators headed to the scene. The daycare was blocked off as a crime scene. Yellow tape surrounded the home Friday afternoon.

Newschannel 6 spoke briefly with the daycare owner Valarie Erfurt. She declined to comment on the situation.

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services database, the Valarie's Daycare has a spotless record. The facility was last inspected on September 20, 2011. It was in full compliance with standards. The database said in the last 2 years, 864 items were evaluated at the facility. None were ever cited as an issue.

The facility is licensed for up to 12 children, ages infant-school aged. The permit allows operation 7 days a week from 5:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. There are no conditions listed on the permit for the daycare.

Newschannel 6 has been working to get more information on the investigation. Sgt. Joe Snyder, WFPD Public Information Officer said via e-mail he is working to learn more from investigators. Snyder indicated the investigation could take quite some time. It is unclear when more information will be available.

Out of respect to the family and those involved in the tragedy, Newschannel 6 elects to not publish or broadcast the name of the child.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6