Deputies investigate death of 13-month-old

Sep. 17, 2013 @ 07:41 PM

A Middleburg baby’s death on Friday night is suspicious and under investigation, according to the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.

Maj. Joseph Ferguson confirmed on Tuesday that the death of a 13-month-old female child is the focus of an ongoing investigation to determine if foul play was involved.

According to Ferguson, emergency crews and deputies responded to a home on Randy Yancy Lane in Middleburg Friday night at about 10:20, and a baby of the residence received treatment at the scene and transport to a hospital.

“Because it is an active death investigation, I am not able to give out the cause of death at this time,” Ferguson said. “The child did not die from any blunt force trauma or the ingestion of any drugs or poison.”

Ferguson said because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, he is holding back on releasing the identities of the child and family members, information on exact addresses associated with the probe or if detectives are dealing with one or more suspects.

“We are in the early stages of the investigation at this time, so I am going to decline comment on those details,” he said. “Just because it was a suspicious death does not mean we have a suspect at this time.”

Ferguson indicted the investigation includes forensic analysis by the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office.

“On Saturday morning an autopsy was performed by the medical examiner’s office,” he said.

He added that the sheriff’s office will release further information when appropriate.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.