Grieving Mother Speaks About Losing Her Five-Month-Old Son

SCRANTON, Kan. (WIBW) -- The whole week has been extremely difficult for Misty Durham's family, after losing her five-month-old son. Now they're left wondering why, and hoping they can find some answers to why their son died.

Misty Durham watches lovingly as a home video plays of her talking back and forth to her cooing infant son. Misty Durham has precious moments like these to look back on - videos, photos, anything to remind her of her baby boy.

"If I had the day off we'd send the kids off and we'd sit there and play," Misty said, "that was our favorite time."

Misty said Caleb Lee Charles Stewart was surrounded by people who loved and cared about him. She wants everyone to know about his five months of life.

"He was a very happy little boy," she said. "We would all take turns and almost fight over who got to spend time with Caleb."

Caleb was found unresponsive at Tara Johnson's daycare home in south Topeka's Montara neighborhood.

Misty found the home through ChildCare Aware, a program that finds SRS-approved and funded child care facilities.

Misty said she believed Caleb would get all the attention he needed there because he was the only infant in the facility. She said she wasn't aware Tara Johnson didn't have a license.

"There's many parents out there who put their children in daycare, you know," Misty said, "and they love their children, and there's many women who work, you know? It could have been anybody."

The investigation as to why Caleb passed away is on-going.

As a mother, Misty wants answers.

"I want to know what happened to him."

Misty said she and her family are grateful for all the love and support their community has given them.

The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office will only say it's working with the District Attorney's Office on the investigation.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which licenses day cares, is also investigating.


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