Authorities in Tarrant County, Texas, said the caretaker placed John Norris in a walk-in closet Monday to let him sleep.
When the caretaker later checked on the boy, he was dead.
An autopsy revealed the child accidentally suffocated.
A police statement issued Tuesday said the child was improperly secured in a child car carrier seat and strangled on a bottom belt strap while sleeping. The boy's neck was caught between a chest buckle and a strap mechanism.
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In an emotional news conference Tuesday, Megan Norris spoke about losing her only child.
"He just started crawling on Sunday, and he was 9 months old yesterday," said Megan Norris. "I couldn't have been more blessed with another child. He changed my life. He really did."
Authorities are now investigating the caretaker, who police say ran an unlicensed day care in her home.
At least 10 other children were in the home when the baby died.
Norris said there were no red flags with the caretaker prior to her son's death.
Child Protective Services have ordered the caretaker to stop watching other children during the investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this post.