Buffalo police are now calling the death of seven-week-old baby boy a homicide after an autopsy indicated blunt force trauma to the head and other parts of his body. YNN's Meg Rossman has more on their investigation and how neighbors are reacting.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — "Eight o'clock in the morning, I heard some outside screaming for help.”
A Heath Street resident who asked to remain anonymous said those screams were coming from the mother of a seven-week-old baby found unresponsive at his parents’ home the morning of November 10.
"Officers gave life saving measures to the baby,” Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said. “I think it was tremendous and miraculous. The baby had not been breathing at the time was actually revived due to the efforts of an officer."
According to police, first responders were told the baby was lying down after being fed and began gasping for air. Richards said the boy was rushed to Sister's Hospital and then transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit at Women's and Children's, where he died five days later.
"The case has now been ruled as a homicide. What the results of the autopsy showed was blunt force trauma to the child, including areas of the head," he said.
Police won't say how the baby was injured, but the incident has shaken residents of this quiet Buffalo neighborhood.
"I would rate this as a very safe neighborhood but I'm really shocked because of course my heart goes out to the family," Vijay Nagarajan said.
Richards said the baby was under the care of his parents at the time.
"The parents had originally cooperated with the officers during the initial phase of this investigation, but I can say at this time the parents are not cooperating with our homicide squad, no."
Police said this is an ongoing investigation and aren't releasing any names at this time. So far, no charges have been filed.