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No charges in sleeping deaths of 2 infants

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Pontiac — No charges will be filed in separate incidents in which two infants died early Saturday while sleeping alongside adult relatives, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

Deputies were called to the first residence just after 2 a.m. on the 40 block of Firelite Lane, where they discovered a 3-month-old boy who was not breathing, officials said. STAR EMS paramedics and officials with the Waterford Regional Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Investigators learned the child was sleeping on the couch with an aunt when the woman awoke to find the child’s lips had turned blue and he was not breathing, officials said. A family member was performing CPR when deputies and first responders arrived.

The boy was rushed to McLaren Hospital-Oakland, where he was pronounced dead. Detectives and the sheriff’s forensic lab responded to the scene to help in the investigation.

“The infant death in the 40 block of Firelite was ruled a ‘lay over’ death, formerly known as ‘compression asphyxia’ and accidental,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

About two hours later on Saturday, deputies and paramedics responded to a home on the 80 block of Thorpe, where a 1-year-old boy was unresponsive and not breathing.

Investigators learned the child was sleeping in bed with his grandmother and a 6-year-old child when he was discovered unresponsive, officials said. Paramedics with STAR EMS were administering CPR when deputies arrived.

The boy was taken to McLaren Hospital-Oakland, where he was pronounced dead. The boy’s death was ruled a natural death, due to his medical history, the sheriff’s office said.

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