UPDATE: Infant Dies At Sacred Heart; Medical Examiner Releases C - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Infant Dies At Sacred Heart; Death Ruled Homicide

SPOKANE, Wash. - An 18-month old child who died last week at Sacred Heart Medical Center has officially been ruled a homicide according to the Spokane County medical examiner. The infant died of blunt force trauma to the head on March 31st. The child suffered a partial skull fracture.
 
Spokane police confirm they are investigating this case. A search warrant was served at a home in the 2000 block of West Mansfield Court. KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus spoke with the grandparents. They say its their daughter's boyfriend who is being investigated for the death and believe he is the one responsible. At this time no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.
 
The grandparents say the child brought a "lot of light" to the family and they are devastated after his death. Spokane police would not say if they have any suspects at this time. Police say they are interviewing individuals who may have had contact with the child. According to court documents it was the child's grandmother who noticed blood coming from the infants mouth while at a BBQ. Documents also say the grandmother noticed the baby was "Lethargic" and "unresponsive".
 
When officers arrived at the BBQ they described the infant as having "bruising under both cheeks" and a "a large indentation on the left side of the baby's head". The bruising appeared to be from "finger marks" court documents show.
 
Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE Wash. - The death of an 18-month old child who died last week at Sacred Heart Medical Center has officially been ruled a homicide, according to the Spokane County medical examiner. The child, who we're not identifying, died of blunt force trauma to the head on March 31st. The child suffered a partial skull fracture.
 
Spokane Police confirm they are investigating this case. A search warrant was served at a home in the 2000 block of West Mansfield Court. KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus spoke with the grandparents of the child. They say it's their daughter's boyfriend who is being investigated for the death and believe he is the one responsible. At this time no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.
 
The grandparents say the child brought a "lot of light" to the family and they are devastated after his death. Spokane Police would not say if they have any suspects at this time. Police say they are interviewing individuals who may have had contact with the child.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE: The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed cause and manner of death of the infant that died at Sacred Heart Medical Center on March 31, 2013.

CAUSE: Left subdural hemorrhage and right parietal skull fracture; due to blunt impact to head.

FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT:

Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives have interviewed witnesses, conducted a search warrant and are continuing to investigate.

No arrests have been made. 

By definition, (RCW 9A.32.010) homicide is the killing of a human being by the act, procurement, or omission of another, death occurring at any time, and is either (1) murder, (2) homicide by abuse, (3) manslaughter, (4) excusable homicide, or (5) justifiable homicide.

BACKSTORY FROM COURT DOCUMENTS:

On 3/30/13 medics were called to a baby not responding and bleeding out of the mouth. The baby was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital. Members of the Spokane Police Dept. were called to the hospital. Officer Kyle Heuett took the initial report. Heuett observed bruising under both cheeks. The bruising appeared to be finger marks. Heuett also observed a large bruise on the foot and a large indentation on the left side of the baby's head. He was told by the nurse that the indentation area felt very squishy. The baby was immediately taken to surgery.

The mother and grandmother both arrived at the hospital. The paternal father is not involved with the baby. Their is a boyfriend who does not live with the mother but often stays in the home. Initial reports were that the baby had been sick for the last several days and was on a prescription antibiotic.

Court documents reveal that the family went to a barbeque. The grandmother was holding the baby and noticed it was lethargic, unresponsive and had blood coming out of his mouth. They immediately called 911.

At this point in the investigation, there have been several individuals that have cared for this child and it is unknown who caused the head injury.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Al Michaels sorry for 'Sunday Night Football' Weinstein joke

    Al Michaels sorry for 'Sunday Night Football' Weinstein joke

    Monday, October 16 2017 8:28 AM EDT2017-10-16 12:28:14 GMT

    DENVER - NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels has quickly apologized after making a joke about Harvey Weinstein during "Sunday Night Football." Michaels mused in the middle of the third quarter of the game between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos that the Giants were "coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein." 

    >>

    DENVER - NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels has quickly apologized after making a joke about Harvey Weinstein during "Sunday Night Football." Michaels mused in the middle of the third quarter of the game between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos that the Giants were "coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein." 

    >>
  • Police: Man kills girlfriend's toddler son, then robs her

    Police: Man kills girlfriend's toddler son, then robs her

    Sunday, October 15 2017 7:44 PM EDT2017-10-15 23:44:24 GMT

    HOLMES BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a man killed his girlfriend's 17-month-old son and stole her car stereo and laptop while she was in the hospital with her dying child. The Bradenton Herald reports that 31-year-old David Vickers is being held without bail on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

    >>

    HOLMES BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police say a man killed his girlfriend's 17-month-old son and stole her car stereo and laptop while she was in the hospital with her dying child. The Bradenton Herald reports that 31-year-old David Vickers is being held without bail on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

    >>
  • Fifth cat found mutilated in North Spokane

    Fifth cat found mutilated in North Spokane

    Sunday, October 15 2017 1:32 AM EDT2017-10-15 05:32:14 GMT

    Spokane, Wash. Jim Barrington of North Spokane has one question for his beloved cat Buddy, "What the heck happened Buddy?" Last Thursday morning Jim Barrington let Buddy out of the house early that morning for Buddy's daily routine "He didn't come back by the time I went to work and he didn't come back in by the time my wife left for work. "Jim came back home at 7:30 that morning and as he was driving up his street seeing something he thought 

    >>

    Spokane, Wash. Jim Barrington of North Spokane has one question for his beloved cat Buddy, "What the heck happened Buddy?" Last Thursday morning Jim Barrington let Buddy out of the house early that morning for Buddy's daily routine "He didn't come back by the time I went to work and he didn't come back in by the time my wife left for work. "Jim came back home at 7:30 that morning and as he was driving up his street seeing something he thought 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Are your trees at risk for wind damage?

    Are your trees at risk for wind damage?

    Monday, October 16 2017 10:49 PM EDT2017-10-17 02:49:34 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Wind advisories are in place for most of the Inland Northwest today and into tomorrow. In higher elevations, gusts are estimated to reach over 40 miles per hour. Katie Kosanke, the Urban Forester for the City of Coeur d’Alene, says if the leaves on your trees may have fallen too early or turned fall colors too soon that may be a cause for concern.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Wind advisories are in place for most of the Inland Northwest today and into tomorrow. In higher elevations, gusts are estimated to reach over 40 miles per hour. Katie Kosanke, the Urban Forester for the City of Coeur d’Alene, says if the leaves on your trees may have fallen too early or turned fall colors too soon that may be a cause for concern.

    >>
  • US Sen. John McCain receives Liberty Medal from Joe Biden

    US Sen. John McCain receives Liberty Medal from Joe Biden

    Monday, October 16 2017 10:38 PM EDT2017-10-17 02:38:12 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain has received the Liberty Medal and says the world still looks toward American leadership. The six-term Republican senator from Arizona spoke Monday in Philadelphia as he accepted the National Constitution Center's medal for his "lifetime of sacrifice and service" to the country.

    >>

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain has received the Liberty Medal and says the world still looks toward American leadership. The six-term Republican senator from Arizona spoke Monday in Philadelphia as he accepted the National Constitution Center's medal for his "lifetime of sacrifice and service" to the country.

    >>
  • Trump campaign faces subpoena in assault lawsuit

    Trump campaign faces subpoena in assault lawsuit

    Monday, October 16 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-10-17 02:35:55 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been subpoenaed for records related to past sexual assault allegations against Trump - charges the president on Monday dismissed as "made-up stuff."

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been subpoenaed for records related to past sexual assault allegations against Trump - charges the president on Monday dismissed as "made-up stuff."

    >>