3-month-old baby falls ill and dies at day-care centre

3-month-old baby falls ill and dies at day-care centre

KUALA LUMPUR - A mother thought she was leaving her baby girl and another two-year-old child in good hands in a day-care centre at the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) building in Jalan Duta where she works, but was horrified to find her baby barely breathing yesterday evening.

The three-month-old baby, Dalila Haifa Dafrizal Shah, was rushed to Tawakkal Hospital in Jalan Pahang but was confirmed dead upon arrival.

Haida Harun, 28, an executive with IRB, who had came down from her office to pick up her children was initially not even informed of her baby's condition.

Her friend who wanted to be identified only as Lieana when met at the hospital said, when Haida arrived at the day-care centre, she proceeded to feed her elder daughter.

"While feeding her daughter, a staff called Haida to tell her that Dalila had fallen very ill. Haida rushed and found her baby already turning blue and almost lifeless. She tried to perform mouth-to mouth resuscitation, but the baby vomited a whitish liquid and her condition did not improve," said Liena.

Soon, the baby's father, who is a sales manager at a bank in Jalan Ipoh, arrived after being informed of the incident and rushed Dalila to the hospital, she said.

It is learnt that the day-care centre catered mainly for children of civil servants who work in government offices located in Jalan Duta.

Dalila's grandmother Normala Hamzah was distraught when met at the hospital.

She, however, said the family had decided against having a post mortem conducted on the baby.

"But we have lodged a police report at the Sentul police station," she said, adding that the baby was expected to be buried at AU3 Keramat Muslim cemetery at about 8am today.

A police spokesman confirmed a report had been lodged and that they were investigating the matter.

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