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Montcalm County Toddler Found Dead At Babysitter’s House

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A young girl was found unresponsive at her babysitter’s home Monday morning.

Police were unable to revive her and are digging for answers.

Police were called to a home on Stanton Road just west of the Village of Stanton in Montcalm County.

That’s where they found nearly two-year-old Vayda Vasquez dead and unable to be saved.

Now the investigation continues into why.

“It’s not typical for, obviously, a young child to be found deceased,” says MSP Lt. David Cope,” Therefore we want to make sure we are investigating this to the fullest.”

Vayda was supposed to turn two-years-old next month.

“Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful and the young child was found deceased,” says Lt. Cope.

So far the details of the investigation don’t go much further than that.

Family members say Vayda was taken to the home by her grandmother, who shares custody with Vayda’s dad. He had been working to get full custody and supervision over the toddler.

“I’m sorry this happened to you and I wish I could’ve been there to protect you and I feel like I failed you as a father and a protector,” says Chris Sanchez, “I never wished this on you and I was so close to getting you back and I really wish I would’ve because I know this never would’ve happened.”

Police are hoping to have a better idea of what happened soon.

“The investigation is in its very early stages,” says Lt. Cope, “It is obviously ongoing as we speak.”

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