Infant's death likely an accident
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 21, 2014, 18:28
The death of an infant who apparently suffocated while sleeping next to his mother Tuesday at a Kiln residence is being tentatively ruled an accident, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Detective Johnny Allison said Tuesday that deputies responded to a call of a child not breathing at a home off Firetower Road about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Apparently, Allison said, the six-week-old boy had gone to sleep alongside his mother about midnight.
"When she woke up, she noticed the child was not breathing," Allison said. "She took the baby across the street to some relatives to see if they could help, but unfortunately, it was too late."
He said authorities do not believe foul play was involved.
"It's sad and heartbreaking," Allison said. "Right now, it appears to be an accident. We are waiting for a few test results to come in before we can officially rule it an accident and we are continuing to investigate the case."
Authorities were not releasing the names of the child or the family on Tuesday, but said more information will be available once an autopsy is performed.