WEST FARGO -- The 6-month-old boy found not breathing on Monday at an unlicensed day care here has died.
Owen Skodje died Tuesday at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, according to a notice received by The Forum.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar, Minn.
Casey Skodje and his wife, Kristin Hunstad, of Fargo, wrote on his CaringBridge site earlier this week that they planned to donate his organs.
The couple has asked for privacy during this time.
Officers responded about 1:20 p.m. Monday to a report of a baby not breathing at 1746 Huntington Court, West Fargo Police Chief Michael Reitan said.
Police helped the day care provider give CPR before Owen was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health and later flown to Minneapolis for treatment.
The Fargo and West Fargo police departments and Cass County Social Services are investigating what happened at the day care on Monday.
According to the CaringBridge site, Owen went to day care healthy Monday morning, but they are not clear on what happened later, calling it a “tragic accident.” Casey Skodje wrote in a CaringBridge post on Tuesday that a CT scan of Owen showed bleeding on the brain and a lack of brain activity.
Darcy Anderson, who had her day care license revoked in 2011, owns the home where the day care is operated. Reitan said the day care was in operation at the time of the incident and other children were present. He did not say how many children were there.
On Thursday, Anderson directed The Forum to speak to her attorney, Mark Western.
"Our thoughts and our prayers are with the young man and his family at this very difficult time," Western said.
Western said he could not comment on the incident or the investigation. He declined to speak about the day care’s status.
Reitan said Thursday it was too early in the investigation to say if he expected to seek criminal charges in the case.
According to Forum archives, Anderson was granted a day care license in November 2002 during a time she was still on supervised probation for a 1998 felony conviction for embezzlement.
Anderson told The Forum in 2008 that she didn’t try to hide that fact when she filled out her day care application, and her initial license request was denied.
Ruby Kolpack, a day care licensing specialist with Cass County Social Services, said that a day care with less than five children, including the provider’s own children, can operate legally without a license. West Fargo planning ordinances allow up to 18 children to be cared for at home day cares within the city.
Anderson was first granted a family day care license by Cass County in 2002, which would have allowed her to care for up to nine children. Four years later, she was granted a group license, which allows up to 30 children to be cared for in her home, Kolpack said.
Anderson’s group day care license was revoked in 2011, Kolpack said. She said she could not give the reasons for the revocation.
Day care licenses must be renewed annually and all licenses include one unannounced visit per year. To be licensed, providers must pass two background checks, attend training, present day care plans, and the location must pass building and health inspections.
In 2012, Anderson pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. According to Cass County Court records, Anderson said she found out her former boyfriend had been cheating on her and she “lost her cool” and attempted to slap him but he ducked and her forearm hit his head.