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HPD investigates daycare death while parents mourn loss of 6-month-old

Zoe Wurtz Zoe Wurtz
EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police have launched an investigation after a 6-month-old baby died at an Ewa Beach daycare on Tuesday.

Police say there are no signs of foul play. But the girl's parents say their daughter was perfectly normal.

Zoe Wurtz could sit up, make noises, and most of all, pull at your heart strings. Six months and 21 days old, her parents say she was healthy.

But Tuesday morning, something went horribly wrong.

"Went to the couch and I kissed her and I left. She was smiling at me and I walked out the door. And that was the last time I saw my daughter alive," said Wendy Umipeg-Wurtz.

The Wurtz's said they dropped Zoe off at her daycare in Ewa Beach around 7:00 a.m. They say the babysitter told them she fed Zoe, laid her down in her car seat, and put her in a separate room where two other kids watched her. Forty-five minutes to an hour later, the sitter apparently checked on Zoe again, in what the Wurtz’s say was a hot room with no air conditioning, but she was unresponsive. By the time the Wurtz's got the phone call around 11:00 a.m., it was too late.

"Got to the hospital in the ER and they already pronounce my baby dead! I didn't get to say goodbye," Umipeg Wurtz said.

They Wurtz’s have a lot of questions, like what happened, how did it happen, and who should be held responsible.

"I would be holding my daughter, I would be getting kisses, I would be getting slobber, I would be getting milk down the back of my neck. I will never ever have that again ever," said Troy Wurtz.

 "We just wanna know what happened. She was too young, too young! We can't let it go," Umipeg-Wurtz said.

But for now, dealing with the pain is unbearable and they just want justice for their daughter.

Hawaii News Now is not naming the babysitter or the daycare because no charges have been filed. We reached out to the babysitter but she declined to comment.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

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