Death of Eagle Mountain baby under investigation

Posted at 12:14 PM, Jun 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-15 14:14:36-04

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah — An investigation is underway after an Eagle Mountain baby was found unresponsive in his crib.

Deputies and medical personnel responded to a home at 8086 N Ridge Loop West after receiving a 911 call around 8:30 Monday morning. A medical helicopter was also called to the scene.

“They did attempt to resuscitate the child. Those efforts were not successful and the child was pronounced dead here at the scene,” said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff’s Office. “There’s nothing that outwardly appears to be suspicious about this.”

Cannon said the boy was four months old and had been previously hospitalized for respiratory problems, but there were no indications of any similar issues last night.

“If you look at cases that are determined to be what they call SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death, that’s not really a diagnosis of death or a cause of death. It’s more a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning they don’t really know what made the baby die or the person die,” Cannon said. “Whether that’s the case here or not, we don’t know, or whether it’s something related to those earlier illnesses and we hope to be able to find that out by having an exam done up at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Salt Lake.”