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Coroner: No trauma in infant death

Published April 05. 2016 04:00PM

Police are still investigating the death of an infant who was found not breathing at a day care in Lehigh Township on Friday.

But the Carbon County coroner says that the 3-month-old did not show any signs of trauma.

"I can tell you there's no trauma. We are investigating, but it doesn't look like it's going to be (suspicious)," Coroner Robert Miller said Monday.

Lehigh Township Police said Friday they were investigating the death of a 3-month-old. The girl was found not breathing Friday afternoon at Sharon's Day Care, located on Third Street in the village of Treichlers, and pronounced dead at Palmerton Hospital a short time later.

An autopsy was conducted at Lehigh Valley Hospital on Saturday.

Miller said that it revealed no signs of trauma. However, a cause and manner of death are still pending.

Miller said that process could take more than three months.

Sharon's Day Care has had no serious violations at least going back to 2014. During their most recent inspection in January, inspectors noted four violations regarding paperwork for enrolled children, but they were all corrected within two weeks, which is in compliance with state law.

Lehigh Township police were unavailable for comment.

In a news release put out Friday night, police said they were called to the day care around 3:30 p.m. for the unresponsive infant. Police and emergency personnel attempted lifesaving efforts at the scene before the child was transported to Palmerton Hospital.

An obituary identified the victim as McKenna Rose Felmly, daughter of Adrienne L. Kromer and Bryan S. Felmly of Slatington.

An online fundraiser dedicated to McKenna's memory was posted on GoFundMe.com.

In the post, Felmly reportedly said that Friday was the first day that McKenna had attended day care after Kromer, his fiancee, had taken three months of maternity leave.

The fundraiser has already exceeded the goal of $5,000, raising in excess of $8,500.

"Please kiss your babies for McKenna. We would like each and every child to receive McKenna kisses," the site for the fundraiser reads.

"Our sweet little princess never learned to walk, but she now has wings."

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