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Ewa Beach family seeks justice for 6-month-old who died at daycare

sister Mia, 7, reads birthday card to Zoe sister Mia, 7, reads birthday card to Zoe
EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police officers are continuing their investigation five months after the death of 6-month-old Zoe Wurtz.

Hawaii News Now is not naming the Ewa Beach caretaker because no criminal charges have been filed at this time.

Zoe Wurtz missed her first Christmas this year and would have turned 1 on Friday.

She died at an Ewa Beach day care on July 21. Her family said she was perfectly healthy.

"To some people, it was just a story 23 weeks and one day ago. To us, we live it every day," said her mother, Wendy Umipeg-Wurtz.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's report said baby Zoe was placed in a car seat lined with a blanket, wearing a "onesie" zipped up to her neck, with a pillow placed over her legs and torso to prop a baby bottle into her mouth. Her temperature recorded at the emergency room was 103.6  The report said she died of hyperthermia (overheating) and the medical examiner ruled her death an accident.

"It's a knife in your heart. It's your daughter that you dropped off perfectly healthy," said Troy Wurtz.

Accident or not, her parents said their little girl's life was taken too soon and it's been difficult getting answers.

"Some closure, some answers, so we can tell her that we did something for her. Not just let it go as an accident," said Wendy.

One thing the parents said they did learn this week came in the form of a phone call from PATCH, Hawaii's statewide child care resource and referral agency. The couple said they were told the babysitter's license has been revoked. However, the family said it is not enough and they are hoping the police investigation will lead to criminal charges.

"We don't want anybody else to go through what we went through. We saw the articles in the news that happened in the past, but we turned our heads to it. It can't happen to us and it did," Troy said.

So as her birthday approaches, her two siblings are preparing birthday cards for their little sister.    

"Hi Zoe, Happy Birthday! You're so lucky because it's your birthday. You are my best little sister ever," her 7-year-old sister, Mia, read.

The couple said one of the saddest things for them is knowing they are not alone. They are hoping more training for providers will be required, a more strict licensing process, and more regular home checks. 

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