Infant death investigation continues


News Review Staff Writer

A 7-month-old child was found dead in a Ridgecrest home after officials responded to a 911 call last month. According to reports, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded on Nov. 11 to a dispatch of a child not breathing in the 300 block of North Oasis Drive, where they tried to render medical aid. After Liberty Ambulance and Kern County Fire Department personnel arrived, the child was pronounced dead.

A neighbor reportedly made the 911 call after being notified by the infant’s mother, who found the child unresponsive in a closet. The father reportedly placed the child there hours before in an effort to quiet him.

According to reports, the baby appeared to have been dead for some time by the time RPD officers arrived and appeared dehydrated and undernourished. Additional details were not available at press time as the case is still under investigation.

No charges have been filed against either parent, and the department is still waiting for a toxicology report from the coroner’s office. According to Interim Police Chief Jed McLaughlin, the couple also has a two-year-old son who has been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Story First Published: 2017-12-01