A six-month-old baby boy died on Thursday of respiratory arrest while at the home of a city-authorized child care worker in Yokohama, police said.
The incident occurred at around 2:20 p.m. while the infant was asleep at the woman's home in Tsurumi ward. The woman, who is in her 30s, was in the same room as the boy, along with two other children for whom she was caring.
According to police, when she realized the baby was not breathing, she immediately called emergency services. The boy was lying on his back at the time of the incident, but the cause of his respiratory arrest is not yet known. An autopsy has been ordered in an attempt to establish the cause of death.
The woman was working as a carer under a home care system run by Yokohama City Council in adherence with child welfare laws. The city has granted authorization to 52 welfare workers to look after infants under 3 years of age in their own homes. There are currently 165 children being cared for under the system.© Compiled from news reports