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Diana Bernabe is seen in an undated photo with her son Joesph. (Credit: Moreno Family)

Diana Bernabe is seen in an undated photo with her son Joesph. (Credit: Moreno Family)

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Tuesday that a 3-month-old baby who was found unresponsive when his mother picked him up at a day care in South Los Angeles last month died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Joseph Moreno died on Sept. 16, after his second day at Valenzuela Family Day Care.

His mother knew something was wrong when she picked him up, but the caretaker insisted he was just sleeping. The baby was declared dead at a hospital.

Authorities told Joseph’s father, Marcos Moreno, that it could take months before it was determined how the baby died. Moreno spoke to KTLA Monday.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Craig Herron said investigators believe the child died of SIDS, but they need to wait for results from toxicology tests.

The day care has since closed and the owner did not want to be interviewed by KTLA.