Well-reputed Lafayette daycare running for 42 years closed after baby's death

2 months ago

Lafayette County news, Missouri news.

The death of an infant at a Lafayette County childcare prompted authorities to shut down the property that saw generations of the communities’ children growing over the 42 years it was there.

“Mother Goose of Oxford has been determined to constitute a substantial hazard to the health and safety of infants entrusted to and cared for by said facility,” State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs ruled.

The decision came days after the Tuesday passing of an 8-week-old baby at the daycare. The cause of death was not disclosed.

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  • “I cannot believe it. The daycare has been there forever,” a neighbor said. “I know so many families that have come in and out of there that kids have grown up, and I know the family who owns it.”

    The Mother Goose of Oxford’s attorney Ray Hill declined to give further information regarding the tragic death citing privacy issues.

    "Our heart goes out to the family. We’re devastated," Hill said. "These are good people who run a great business and really care about children."

    "Rest assured, once the facts come to light, our license will be back in full standing as it relates to infants."