Toddler dies at babysitter’s home near Stanton

Montcalm County

DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating the suspicious death of a little girl west of Stanton.

Family members identified her as Vayda Vasquez. She would have been 2 in April.

“It’s really hard to even comprehend what’s going on because I never thought I’d have to bury my daughter…” Vayda’s father Christopher Sanchez told News 8. “I don’t even know what to think.”

Michigan State Police said first responders were called to a home on W. Stanton Road east of N. Hillman Road in Douglass Township around 5:30 a.m. Monday. Vayda was unresponsive when they got there and they couldn’t revive her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crime scene tape blocked off the small house as several MSP vehicles, including a mobile forensics lab, sat along the road for hours.

“As with any death investigation, our detectives and troopers want to do a thorough job of figuring out exactly any events leading up to and during the incident or a death,” MSP Spl. Lt. David Cope said.

Michigan State Police on W. Stanton Road near Dickerson Lake to investigate the suspicious death of a child. (March 2, 2020)

Sanchez said the house belongs to Vayda’s babysitter. The girl’s maternal grandmother had guardianship and lives about a mile from the home on W. Stanton, according to a probate court file News 8 obtained from Montcalm County.

Court documents show the grandmother, Tonia Rose, filed for guardianship nearly a year ago due to drug use by her daughter, Vayda’s mother Danielle Maybee, and Sanchez. Rose told News 8 she had cared for her granddaughter since she was just a few months old.

Loved ones described Vayda as a happy, smart child who loved music and dancing.

“There’s no words for us,” her father said. “She’s the only thing I had and I just never thought that this would happen.'”

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