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Authorities still silent on details of infant's day care death

Brooklyn Howard

Authorities have not released any new information regarding the Tuesday death of a three-month-old infant who was being cared for at a day care in rural Davison County.

"We just don't have any additional information right now," said Sara Rabern, spokeswoman for the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.

The investigation began Tuesday following the death of Brooklyn Kennedy Howard, the daughter of Amy Ruml and Donny Howard. A Wednesday press release from the Attorney General's Office said Howard died at a home day care, but an obituary sent the same day to The Daily Republic said Howard died at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.

Investigators are still conducting interviews and pursuing leads, Rabern said.

The name and location of the day care has not been divulged. The Mitchell Police Division's Tuesday press log includes a "death/coroner call" in the 700 block of West Spruce Street, where a home day care appears to be located. The log entry says "medics and officers responded to a medical emergency" in that general location at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday.

Rabern declined to say when more information will become available.

The Davison County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident with assistance from the Mitchell Police Division and the state Division of Criminal Investigation.

In Howard's full obituary, her family says her bright blue eyes and "crazy" hair often made her the center of attention.

The full obituary is printed on Page A6 of today's print edition of The Daily Republic.

Howard's funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Mitchell. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery, also in Mitchell.