ISP investigating residential death of Clay County infant

Monday, July 9, 2018

CARBON — Indiana State Police detectives from the Putnamville Post are investigating the death of a nine-month-old infant male from rural northern Clay County.

Preliminary investigation reveals, just after 10:30 a.m Saturday, an adult family member found the infant unresponsive in the baby’s bedroom crib area and summoned assistance through 911.

The Parke County Sheriff’s Office received the call, notifying the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for fire/rescue units before a Parke County dispatcher instructed family members over the phone how to perform CPR. Family members initiated CPR and continued until arrival of EMS crews. The infant was transported to St. Vincent-Clay Hospital in Brazil , where he was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy, to be performed by pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr, was scheduled for Monday at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

At this time, authorities have no indication of foul play but continue to investigate this death.

Indiana State Police encourage parents to practice a safe sleeping environment for infants, including proper crib assembly, and no utilization of soft objects in sleep area such as blankets, toys, pillows, bumpers, etc.

The case is being investigated by ISP Det. Troy Cobb.

Assisting were ISP Detectives First Sgt. Jason Fajt, and Sgt. Sam Stearley, ISP Crime Scene Investigator Sgt. Brandon Mullen, Trooper Brian Thomas and Clay County Coroner Nick French.

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