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Lubbock Police investigate infant death



Lubbock police are investigating the death of an infant early Monday morning at the Children's Home of Lubbock.

Police got the 911 call around 6:15 a.m. saying there was an unresponsive three-month-old infant girl in one of the group homes located at the Children's Home.

Lynn Harms, president of the Children's Home, says his staff found the infant when they went to wake up the 17-year-old mother for class. "They found the infant in distress and started CPR. The child was apparently not breathing," Harms said. "EMS took over and took the child to the hospital."

Police say the baby was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital. Little information on the investigation is being released as police wait on the autopsy report to determine the infant's cause of death.

The Children's Home of Lubbock takes in foster children waiting to be adopted by families. Harms says the teen mother had just recently moved into one of their group homes with her three-month-old and another one-year-old child.

"She is distraught, lost, traumatized, grieving - you know, all the things you can imagine that a young mom would go through losing a child," Harms said.

The other child is still in the teen mom's custody, but Harms says the child will sleep in staff quarters until the investigation is complete. He believes there wasn't any criminal activity or foul play in the infant's death.

"Pray for this young mom. Pray for the staff. It's always a heartbreaking situation when anybody perishes - a three month old, what a tragic loss," Harms said.

The Children's Home will have counselors available for the children and staff at the homes.

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