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Police: Infant dead after being found unresponsive in vacant Falmouth home

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Posted at 5:36 AM, Mar 08, 2023

FALMOUTH, Ky. — An infant found unresponsive inside a vacant home in Falmouth is dead, police said.

Falmouth police responded to a home in the 500 block of Mont Joy Street in Pendleton County for the report of an abandoned newborn on March 1.

"My department got a call around 7:30 p.m. on March 1 from Harrison Memorial Hospital. They had a patient there that reported a miscarriage. The nursing staff had some suspicions of whether or not it may have been a viable birth," Falmouth Police Chief Marty Hart said.

When officers arrived, they discovered an unresponsive newborn inside the home.

"They were estimating it weighed a little more than 6 pounds and it was unresponsive and not breathing, so it was transported to the hospital," Hart said.

The baby boy was rushed to the hospital but pronounced dead upon arrival, investigators said.

The circumstances surrounding the birth and death of the child are being investigated, police said.

Hart said it is possible the baby was stillborn. He said he won't press any criminal charges if that's the case.

"We’re not actively looking for anybody. We’re aware who the mother is and the baby was taken to the Kentucky Medical Examiner for an autopsy," he said. "We’re working with the state and my agency just to determine if a crime was committed. As of right now, there’s no reason to believe there was."

Hart added the preliminary report from the medical examiner will determine if they will file criminal charges. He expects to get that report in the coming weeks.

This is a developing story and will be updated once more information becomes available.

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