JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Around noon on Thursday Jeffersonville Police and EMS responded to a home in the Northaven Subdivision.

An infant had stopped breathing and was later pronounced dead at Clark Memorial Hospital.

“There is no accident that happened, it's simply a tragedy,” said a neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous.

That neighbor of the caretaker had entrusted the woman with the care of her own son. For years the woman would babysit him in her home on Hall Lane, even when he was sick.

“Things could have happened to him, but I never had a doubt that he wouldn't be taken care of because I knew how much she loved her children. And they weren't just her babysitter kids, her business, they were her kids and she loves them,” she said.

However, Indiana State Authorities say the in-home day care was operating without a license. As a result of that, the day care was also never inspected. Even so, neighbors stand behind the woman who treated their children as her own.

We're told the family of the baby girl who died and the babysitter's family were very close, even consoling each other at the hospital.

“The family was even very reassuring that they knew that this was an accident and the babysitter did absolutely nothing to cause it,” the neighbor said. 

Jeffersonville Police and the Indiana Department of Child Services are working together on the investigation.

An autopsy is expected to be performed Friday to determine how the infant died. 

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