By Jack Minch

MediaNews

FITCHBURG -- Case workers tried to visit the family of a 16-day-old Payson Street baby on Friday, the day before she was declared dead, but when nobody answered the door officials rescheduled the visit to Monday, according to a statement issued by the state Department of Children and Families.

"DCF last visited all members of the family March 26, 2014," the statement said. "Another home visit was attempted last Friday, but the family wasn't home at the time, so the visit was re-scheduled for April 28.

The family has been receiving support and services from the department since October 2012.

Bailey Irish was already unresponsive when her parents, Charis Hubbard and Travis Irish, took her to HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster, where she was pronounced dead Saturday at 7:55 a.m.

State police attached to District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.'s office and Fitchburg police are investigating the death.

It's standard for police to investigate all unattended deaths, Early's spokesman Paul Jarvey said Saturday.

An autopsy is being done for the baby but but it's unclear when it will be completed, Jarvey said Monday.

A note written on cardboard was taped to the front of the family's home asking for privacy Monday afternoon.

"We are suffering the loss of a child and the kidnapping of my son by DCF," the note said.

Friends have set up a fundraiser on www.youcaring.com to help pay funeral expenses. It had raised $835 with a $1,000 goal as of Monday afternoon.

The fundraising site includes the picture of a baby girl sleeping in a crocheted hat.

"The pain the family is in is unbearable to even think about," a note on the page said. "In a time of need let's do what we can as a community."

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