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Mom’s remarks open probe of Battle Creek death in 1961

Associated Press

Battle Creek – — Authorities have exhumed the remains of an 8-month-old boy, decades after he died in southwestern Michigan.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports William Summerfield III’s death is being investigated as a possible homicide, based on comments made by his mother, who is in a Kalamazoo nursing home.

William’s death in Calhoun County in 1961 was blamed on a lack of oxygen due to regurgitation of baby formula.

The Enquirer reports the coffin was removed from a cemetery in October. Sheriff’s Det. Steve Hinkley says he’s awaiting results of an autopsy, although it could be very difficult to determine a cause of death because of the condition of the remains.

Twin sisters, Beth and Brenda Summerfield, were less than a year old when they died in 1969 and 1970.