A Baby Dies At Day Care, And A Mother Asks Why She Had To Leave Him So Soon

11/16/2015 11:53am ET | Updated November 16, 2015
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As he did most mornings of the 117 days of his life, the first thing Karl did that Monday morning in July was to give me a smile like sunlight. He lay in the bed for a while, between his dad and me, looking from one of us to the other, working himself up with gurgles of delight. That morning, which started the same as all his others, would be a little different, however: it was his mommy’s first day back at work.