Autopsy: Infant’s death in Coloma Township “inconclusive”, more testing needed

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The autopsy on the 2-month-old infant who died on Tuesday has been ruled “inconclusive” pending more testing.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department reports that the baby was found not breathing at a home in the 5100 block of Little Paw Paw Lake Road on Monday, Oct. 1.

Upon arrival officers found the incident to be suspicious in nature and detectives were called to assist with the investigation.

The infant was taken to a hospital in Kalamazoo. The child died on Tuesday.

On Monday evening, one man was arrested on preliminary charges of child abuse and neglect, based n the initial reports from the treating physician of the child. But with thepreliminary report from the autopsy as being inconclusive, the man was released from the Berrien County Jail.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate this suspicious death. The
information gathered during this investigation including the additional medical testing will be forwarded to the Prosecutors Office for review.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department released the following information regarding the child’s death on Wednesday:

On Monday October 1, 2018 officers were dispatched to a medical call at 5100 Little Paw Paw Lake Road in Coloma Township in reference to a medical call involving a two month old child.  Upon arrival officers found the incident to be suspicious in nature and detectives were called to assist with the investigation.

The two month old child was transported to Watervliet Hospital by Pride Care Ambulance and later transferred to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.  The two month old child passed away at approximately 5:30 PM on Tuesday October 2, 2018.  An autopsy was scheduled to be performed today (Wednesday) at Western Michigan University School of Medicine. 

This incident is remains under investigation and no additional details are available at this time.  An updated press release will be generated once the autopsy is completed and additional information is obtained.

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