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Infant Found Dead in South St. Louis Home; Girl Was Lying Face Down on Bed, Mom Says

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Tragedy in a south St. Louis home this weekend: A mother discovered her infant daughter lying face down and unconscious on the mattress next to her, police say.

The woman called 911 at around 1:16 a.m. on Sunday, but by the time EMS arrived, it was too late. Police say they were unable to revive the infant.

The baby girl -- only two-and-a-half months old -- was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, officials say. Her cause of death has not yet been released.

Police have labeled this a "sudden death," but the investigation is ongoing. They have not yet revealed the identity of the child or mother.

The girl died in a home on the 3700 block of Illinois Avenue in the Marine Villa neighborhood in south St. Louis.

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Police say that Child Abuse officials are now overseeing the investigation.

Here's the full incident report from SLMPD.

Incident: Sudden Death
Location: 3700 block of Illinois
Date/Time: 07/21/13 @ 1:16 a.m.
Victim: 2 1/2 -months (infant girl)
The infant's mother said she was sleeping on the bed, next to her infant child. When she awoke, she found the infant lying face down on the mattress and unconscious. EMS responded however, they were unable to revive the infant. She was transported to an area hospital where she pronounced deceased. Child Abuse is handling the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

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6 comments
Dorian Doe Moore
Dorian Doe Moore

Sad to hear this... some people just dont know how to care, especially for children.

Niki Bridges
Niki Bridges

Agreed! When did the RFT turn into "The Evening Whirl"? I miss the quirky, hard-hitting stories that turned attention on little known people and places in STL. We get enough of the police blotter in every other news outlet in town...

angeliekrull
angeliekrull

This happened to my Mom with my big sister. Only she was face up when my Mom found her. My Mother would talk about this as if it happened yesterday and still cried about it. They said she died of sid's . My Mother until the day that she died thought she killed her baby but the dr. said she didn't. I'm sure that this woman was just loving her baby. It could happen to anyone. So don't be so quick to judge. Very sad for the Mother and the baby.

Djulio
Djulio

Rft can't be bothered to mention that you should never have an infant child sleep in a bed with adults.

Turns out, this is exactly what happens.

rachaduncan
rachaduncan

@Djulio it is possible to co sleep with your child and it not be unsafe. They have specific co sleeping cribs for parents that want to. It's a safer way to co sleep. I agree that sleeping with an infant can be dangerous especially if the parent is under the influence of anything, even cold medicine.

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