A Hawaii mother said she didn’t see any “red flags” when she let a woman running an unlicensed day care watch her children.
Now, police say her child was killed in a homicide while under the woman’s watch.
The incident occurred in February, a few months after mom Anna Lobisch started letting the woman care for her 7-month-old baby girl, Abigail.
She received a message on February 24 that read “Come now,” and was then told at the home day care that her daughter had died.
A month after the incident, the mother told KITV:
“I had no idea about the babysitter being unlicensed. She told me she was CPR certified. I felt so comfortable with her. There was no indication that something could’ve gone wrong.”
The woman was a Navy wife who lived on Aliamanu Military Reservation in Honolulu. She only watched a few children at a time, Lobisch said.
The mother also sent her 2-year-old son, Zachariah, to the home day care. She said:
“I didn’t have that gut feeling that I would normally have. So, there’s a lot of regret.”
For months, Lobisch didn’t get many answers to what happened to her baby girl or if it was SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, that caused her to pass.
But now, the investigation is being treated as a homicide, Hawaii News Now reports.
Lobisch’s best friend, Kalei Vierra, spoke out on her behalf regarding the revelation. She said:
“It’s definitely been a moment that we’ve been waiting for for some time. And it’s kind of shocking.”
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“We’re comfortable with saying that it was not SIDS. Eventually it will all come out.”
Abigail’s cause of death has not been disclosed, but the Honolulu Medical Examiner said she did not die of natural causes.
As of now, the death is still under investigation by the Honolulu Police Department. The woman who ran the day care has not been charged with a crime.
To find a licensed day care in your state, you can visit childcare.gov, a website operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.