Lawrence County Infant Dead Of Natural Causes

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TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) - Lawrence County investigators say the death of a 6-month-old infant late Monday was likely due to natural causes. The baby was found not breathing after having been put down for a nap at a home daycare facility in Town Creek.

A frantic call for help from this home based daycare facility in Town Creek late Monday afternoon. A 6-month old child found not breathing. Town Creek Police Chief Jerry Garrett was the first on the scene and says CPR was already underway, but efforts to revive the child were unsuccessful.

"I immediately contacted our district attorney, Errik Jett, and me and him both agreed that an autopsy should be performed on the individual because it happened at a day care," Lawrence County Coroner Scott Norwood told WHNT News 19. He says they learned Tuesday the infant was taken to Decatur Morgan Hospital in December and was  diagnosed with RSV, a viral infection of the lungs and respiratory system. The Centers for Disease Control says that can prove to be severe in some infants. It's not yet known whether that may have contributed to this death.

"They checked on him twice during his nap and then the third time when they found him he wasn't breathing. So that was when they called 9-1-1 and immediately initiated CPR.

Norwood says the woman who operates the daycare facility has been doing that for 20-something, almost 30 years and with no prior problems. He says their investigation tells them there is no reason to believe that the day care was in any way responsible for the child's death.

Norwood says it's routine to conduct this type of investigation any time a person under the age of 18 dies of an undertermined cause. He says preliminary autopsy results show nothing out of the ordinary but he says there is evidence the infant may also have suffered from other health-related issues.

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