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Police on scene of suspicious death of infant in Midvale motel

Posted at 2:27 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 16:27:59-05

Update: Police said they have made two arrests in the death of a 4-month-old boy in Midvale.

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MIDVALE, Utah -- The Unified Police Department said Friday that officers were at the scene of a suspicious death of an infant in Midvale.

Police officials said the investigation was taking place at a Motel 6, at 7263 S. Catalpa St.

According to Sgt. Melody Gray with the police department, police were already at the motel on an unrelated matter. Around 1:30 management alerted them to another 911 call from a room within the motel.

"The father was calling 911 when the officers arrived," Gray said.

Upon entering room 113, officers found a 4-month-old baby boy unresponsive on a bed. Life-saving measures were attempted but were unsuccessful.

"Those officers attempted life saving measures. Unified Fire arrived, they also attempted to revive this child but unfortunately the child is deceased and never did become responsive," said Gray.

Gray stated that police need to treat the incident as if it were suspicious because of the age of the infant.

"This is a 4-month-old child. Anytime a 4-month-old dies for an unexplained reason obviously we have to look into it," Gray said. "We always treat it as if it were a suspicious death so we can determine what exactly happened."

Two children were in the room, including the baby, as well as the infant's parents. Police said the other child is fine.

Gray said the parents of the infant were being questioned. Investigators received a search warrant and are actively working to collect evidence. An autopsy will be performed which should explain how this child died.

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