Initial autopsy results in after child death investigation

Initial autopsy results in after child death investigation


We have new information about a Dougherty County child death investigation.

The initial autopsy for the child shows no signs of foul play in his death.

The coroner said the initial autopsy appears to indicate natural causes led to the death.

A toxicology report will be able to explain just what happened.

That could take a couple of months.

The near six month old child passed away Tuesday night.

The mother said she when she picked her son up from the Open Hearts and Minds Learning Center he was visibly ill.

Now the District Attorney's office has launched an investigation.

The DA's office is required to launch an investigation when a child under the age of 18 dies.

At this point officials aren't suspecting foul play.

The mother is shattered. She said her baby was healthy.

"He would have been six months today," said Darquirria Sanders.

What was supposed to be a milestone in a new mother's life, has turned into a day of sorrow.

"I just need justice for my baby," cried Sanders. "They're not telling us nothing. There's too many different stories."

Darquirria Sanders said she dropped her son Osai off at the Open Hearts and Minds Learning Center Tuesday morning.

"He was happy yesterday morning," Sanders explained.

When she returned shortly after 5 p.m., she said something wasn't right. Inside the daycare she said she saw her son lying on his stomach in the crib.

"When I picked him up he was so cold, my baby was like gray his mouth was dry," recalled Sanders.

She said the daycare initially told her he had been fine all day, but she said she was later told that daycare workers were concerned about him after a diaper change at 4:30 that afternoon.

"If anything was abnormal with someone's child you should call them," said Sanders.

After daycare employees attempted to do CPR on the child, Sanders said an ambulance brought him to the hospital. That's where the Dougherty County Coroner pronounced him dead.

"We just need closure so she can move forward. We just don't know what happened," said Sanders' mother, Latonia Adams.

The District Attorney's office has launched a child death investigation, as it is procedure for any child who dies.

"At present there does not appear to be anything that indicates any issues that indicate any foul play," explained Edwards.

While she waits for an autopsy the heartbroken mother begs for answers.

"Please he's already gone can somebody just tell me. I just need closure," said Sanders.

The daycare is not commenting.

The grandmother of the child said she spoke with the director Tuesday night who was very upset.

The baby has been sent for an autopsy.

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