SUMMERSIDE — The final autopsy report into the death of a Kensington infant in mid-November has not yet been completed, says the province’s leader coroner.
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The province's chief coroner Dr. Charles Trainor.
The six-month-old baby boy died at his family home, prompting a police investigation and speculation, on the part of the coroner’s office, that the death may have been caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Dr. Charles Trainor, the province’s chief coroner, said Monday he has not signed off on the report, which means its results are neither in the hands of police or the parents of the infant.
“Dr. (Marvin) Tesch is the pathologist that did the case and to this date I have not received a copy of his autopsy report. I was trying to get in touch with him and I will not be able to touch base with him until the first of next week,” said Trainor. “I haven’t gotten a copy of the report and I think it would be highly unlikely that the lab would send the autopsy report out.”
The baby’s death occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 16 at a home that he shared with his parents and two other children in the Prince County town. At the time of the death, police were divulging few details except to say they received a 911 call to attend a home shortly after 3:30 a.m.
When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the infant boy was unresponsive and was immediately rushed by Island EMS to Prince County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Trainor said the earliest the report would be in his hands would be late next week.
“The way it is anyway is once the autopsy report is finalized it goes to the attorney general’s department and the attorney general is the one that sends out copies to police agencies and also to families,” he added. “I would be very surprised if the autopsy report has been signed out because I haven’t gotten my copy. It hasn’t gone to the attorney general and we’re still waiting to tie all this together.”
Kensington police Chief Lewie Sutherland, when reached Monday, said the direction of the police investigation is contingent on the autopsy.
“We’re waiting for the report,” said Sutherland. “I haven’t heard a thing.”