Parents speak out after baby boy dies at babysitter’s: “We wont give up until we have an answer”

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MILWAUKEE -- A mother and father are desperate for answers after their three-month-old baby boy died while at the babysitter's. There are many questions surrounding this incident that occurred on Tuesday, June 29th.

It happened at a home in the 8600 block of W. Arden Place. Police say the child was pronounced dead at the scene despite the life-saving efforts of the Milwaukee Fire Department.

No charges have been filed in this case, and a cause of death hasn't yet been determined.

FOX6 News stopped by the babysitter's home. She did not want to talk on camera, but was she was emotional as she talked about what happened on Tuesday afternoon. She said she put the baby to sleep on a bed, and when she checked on him about an hour later, she found he was unresponsive. She then called 911, started CPR, and alerted the boy's family.

"I kissed him, said 'I love you son and I`ll see you later,'" Jonathan McCoy said.

Payton McCoy

Payton McCoy

That was the last time McCoy saw his three-month-old son Payton alive.

Payton's mom Denise was at work -- having just returned from maternity leave weeks earlier. She rushed to the home near 87th and Arden Place to find her baby boy not breathing. His heart was not beating.

"For 35 minutes they tried to get him back and they couldn`t," Denise McCoy said.

Now, these parents are left with more questions than they can count.

"We wont give up until we have an answer," Denise McCoy said.

Payton McCoy

Payton McCoy

A police source tells FOX6 News early reports indicate suffocation and at least one contusion on the boy's head.

"I just don`t think it was a safe sleeping environment for him," Denise McCoy said.

While they wait on an autopsy and for the completion of this investigation, these parents say what's helping is all the support they've seen.

"I'm astounded how many people have stepped up. People we don`t even know," Denise McCoy said.

Payton McCoy

Payton McCoy

Thousands of dollars have already been raised via a account established in Payton's honor. The money will go towards Payton's funeral and burial expenses.

But what's really helping Denise and Jonathan to deal with this horrible tragedy is remembering their son.

"Just remembering that smile, looking at his pictures, the laugh," Denise McCoy said. "So strong. He was born four-and-a-half weeks early. He came out fighting."

And that's exactly what they intend to do now.

"Payton would want us to fight. Payton would want us to be strong and we will be in his memory," Denise McCoy said.

The McCoys found their babysitter on, and even paid for an extensive background check. She has a clean history and has been caring for children for 10 years.

Payton McCoy

Payton McCoy

CLICK HERE to make a donation to Payton McCoy's account.


  • JR

    Krause funeral home does free burials for children under age 18. Sooo sorry for your loss. RIP sweet baby. You have an angel watching over you

  • Renee Ellis

    Very sorry for your loss, I really hope they find out what happened to your precious angel. May god bless you at this time of need, so sorry for for you and your family, god bless.

  • NO Trolley.

    That poor little guy. My sympathies to the family. If this little boy had a contusion on his head,sounds like abuse to me.

  • Angela

    sad for the family as a former childcare provider I am sad for the caregiver as well she will have this cross to bare for the rest of her life. Rather than assuming the worst for her and the family because assuming violence or neglect with out fact is causing everyone more hurt. As awful as this is any accident can and will happen even while in the care of a child parents. Everyone wants to point fingers to the provider as they need a reason for this awfulness to have happened and the idea of it being fo no reason is unimaginable…. The provider seem like the easy answer like a face to blame… seems unfair with out all the facts. My heart thoughts and prayers go out to the family, the provider and her family , and for the families of all the children in care while this happened.

  • Kevin M Howard Sr.

    I am so sorry Denise. This is Carl’s brother. Little man and your family have my blessings. If you need to talk call my brother he got the number. I’m deeply sorry. He was on beautiful baby. You have my deepest condolences.

    • estefany

      They always say when a baby hits there head hard they say to dont put them to sleep u always have to wait an hour before putting them to put or they could stay in there sleep and die

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