Florence Police investigating newborn’s death

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are investigating a newborn’s death at a home on East Mobile Street.

They were called to the residence at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday after someone found the 15-day-old boy not breathing.

Emergency responders rushed to the basement apartment, but were unable to resuscitate the infant.

Investigators have been at the apartment much of the afternoon collecting evidence and photographing the scene.  Police say the baby’s mother, grandmother, grandfather and uncle were all living inside the apartment at the time.

Sergeant Cliff Billingsley says anytime an infant dies, police take it very seriously.

“One thing is, it’s extremely serious with a child this age.  Sometimes it’s hard to detect SIDS [Sudden Infant Death Syndrome] and that kind of thing. That’s why we jump on it as soon as we can and a full-blown investigation is automatic,” said Billingsley.

Florence Police say they are also interviewing everyone inside the home as part of their investigation to determine if foul play is involved.

The baby’s body will be brought to Huntsville for an autopsy.

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