The medical examiner has ruled the cause and manner of death as undetermined in the death of a toddler who was found lying unresponsive on a toy bin at a daycare center in Island Lake.
The Island Lake Police Department was called around 8:46 a.m. on April 25 to Lots of Tots ChildCare, 202 West Burnett Road in Island Lake.
Island Lake Police Chief Jennifer Paulus said at the time that officers received a 911 call for an unresponsive toddler inside the facility.
Officers arrived to find a 23-month-old boy, who was an Island Lake resident, unresponsive and not breathing.
A staff member was performing CPR on the child and officers took over lifesaving efforts, Paulus said.
The Wauconda Fire Department arrived and rushed the child to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in McHenry.
The toddler was later transferred to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
The boy was pronounced dead around 8:50 a.m. on April 29.
An autopsy was later performed by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The child was identified as Calum Wells Dudakiw-Warrick of Island Lake and the medical examiner said the child’s organs were donated to Gift of Hope.
This past week, almost four months after the incident, the medical examiner’s office ruled Dudakiw-Warrick’s cause of death as undetermined.
The office also listed the boy’s manner of death as undetermined.
Paulus told Lake and McHenry County Scanner in April that the police department did not suspect the death to be a homicide but was awaiting the medical examiner’s investigation.
Detectives learned the toddler had been found with his neck laying on the edge of a toy bin.
“Our hearts are broken and our deepest condolences go out to the grieving family of one of our very own Island Lake residents,” Paulus said.
Paulus said the police department had not been called to the daycare before for any type of abuse or neglect reports involving the facility itself.
Cary resident Nichole Felton, who is a family friend, said the unexpected death is an “unimaginable loss that no parent could prepare for and should never have to endure.”
“Our dear friends Felicia and John Paul are experiencing a parents worst nightmare as they grieve the unexpected and tragic loss of their sweet almost 2 year old son Calum,” Felton said.
Felton said the couple’s day started normally with “sweet smiles and squishy hugs” before they later received the “worst phone call any parent could receive.”
An obituary for Dudakiw-Warrick said the boy was a “loving, funny, and spirited young boy” who “brought immense joy and laughter to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.”