Police investigation into infant death closed

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Chief says no criminal wrongdoing

KENSINGTON — The police investigation into the death of a Kensington infant who died late last year is now closed and no criminal wrongdoing has been found.

Kensington Police Service. File photo

Kensington police Chief Lewie Sutherland did not wish to speak about the police investigation.

“I decided I wasn’t going to make any further comment on it. Our investigation has concluded and it is finished. That’s all I am going to say,” said Sutherland. “We concluded our investigation once the coroner’s report was done. There was absolutely no criminal wrongdoing.”

The province’s chief coroner ruled that the sudden death of the baby boy in November was the result of sudden unexpected death in infancy.

Dr. Charles Trainor said the autopsy of the six-month-old stated no obvious anatomical cause of death was found. The toxicology report was also negative.

He noted in a press release issued last month that the scene investigation carried out by the RCMP forensic unit and the Kensington police uncovered a number of risk factors, including cigarette smoking and bed sharing.

Trainor indicated that the baby was in bed with his parents, who woke around 3 a.m. on Nov. 16 and found the infant was unresponsive. The baby boy was taken to Summerside’s Prince County Hospital but could not be resuscitated. 

nmacphee@journalpioneer.com

Organizations: RCMP, Prince County Hospital

Geographic location: Kensington, Summerside

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