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FARMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – A day care provider in Farmington has had their license temporarily suspended after a 3-month-old child died at the day care this week.

Officials said Rebecca Wilson’s license was suspended on Thursday, according to court records. Dakota County officials said the suspension will be in place until authorities can conduct a full investigation of the child’s death.

Police were called to Wilson’s home in Farmington at 3:06 p.m. Tuesday about the baby. When authorities arrived, the baby was pronounced dead. Authorities can’t say what happened, but the State took immediate action because of the seriousness of the situation.  The Department of Human Services told Wilson her daycare was no longer safe.

“This is one of the most serious actions we can take on a license. When we issue a temporary immediate suspension, in a child care situation that means the children are in an immediate risk of harm,” said Chuck Johnson with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. “It immediately shuts down the facility, no more kids will be in care, and at that point an investigation moves forward.”

Authorities have not determined a cause of death and said that could take up to two weeks.

Wilson is licensed to care for 12 kids. Police were called to her home in Farmington Tuesday because the baby was pronounced dead at that home.

The Wilson’s had no comment in the case “out of respect for the baby’s family.” Rebecca Wilson has already appealed to try to get her license reinstated.

There will be an appeals hearing within 30 days, and charges could be filed against Wilson, but Farmington Police said it’s too early to tell if that will happen.