Putnam County – Indiana State Police detectives from the Putnamville Post are currently investigating the death of a three-month-old infant in the town of Bainbridge.
Preliminary investigation revealed that on April 27, 2017, at 5:50 a.m., Putnam County 911 Dispatch received a call from the infant’s father reporting his unresponsive son at their Main Street home. The father attempted medical aid until the arrival of emergency services, with the infant then being transported to Hendricks Regional Health, where the infant was later pronounced deceased.
Later that evening, an autopsy was conducted at Hendricks Regional Health and early indications are the infant may have been the victim of an unsafe sleeping environment with a parent. However, the investigation is still underway with full autopsy results expected in six to eight weeks.
The lead investigator is ISP Detective Don Curtis. Assisting were ISP Detective Sergeant Sam Stearley, ISP Crime Scene Investigator Sergeant Jim Cody, Indiana Department of Child Services Putnam County, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Bainbridge Town Marshal, and the Hendricks County Coroner’s Office.
No other information will be released at this time.
The Indiana State Police and Department of Child Services wish to remind parents of the danger of co-sleeping with infants. Both agencies also encourage when infants are placed into cribs that the sleeping area is free from pads, stuffed animals, and other articles that may at some point, impede or stop the normal breathing efforts of the infant. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) research has shown that the safest place for young babies to sleep is in a cot or bassinet next to their parent’s bed.
SOURCE: Indiana State Police – Putnamville District 53
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