Investigation underway after baby is found with cardiac arrest at Roxbury children’s center

An investigation is underway after a 9-month-old child was found suffering from cardiac arrest at a children’s center in Roxbury Monday morning, Boston police said.

The baby was taken to a hospital at 9:27 a.m. from Children’s Services of Roxbury at 520 Dudley St., police said.

The baby was in critical condition Friday afternoon, said Boston Police Sergeant Detective John Boyle, a department spokesman. He said police believed it was a “medical incident” and there was “nothing suspicious” about it.

Sandra McCroom, the president and chief executive of Children’s Services of Roxbury, said the child attends the Early Childhood and Education Center and was unresponsive in the transportation van when it arrived at the center.


“The transportation van is not provided by our agency,” McCroom said in a statement. “The child was immediately removed from the van and taken inside the facility where CPR was performed and 911 was called. When paramedics arrived, they controlled the scene and transported the child to Boston Medical Center.”

“At this time our thoughts and primary concern is with the well-being of the child,” she said. “The incident is currently under investigation and we are gathering all the facts as quickly as we can.”

A police spokesman had said earlier in the day that police were investigating “out of an abundance of caution.”

The state Department of Early Education and Care has opened an investigation into the incident, according to department spokeswoman Kathleen Hart.

Children’s Services of Roxbury was founded in 1972 and for many years worked with children and families in “the historically minority neighborhoods of Boston, including Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park and Mattapan,” according to its website.

In the past 10 years, Children’s Services of Roxbury has expanded its services to families in other parts of the state, including the Greater Worcester area and Western Massachusetts, the website states.


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