The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 8, 2013

Coroner rules in baby’s death

The death of a 2-month-old boy Sunday morning in a home north of Seneca has been ruled a sudden, unexplained death in infancy.

Chief Deputy Chris Jennings of the Newton County Sheriff’s Department said emergency help was summoned at 6:52 a.m. Sunday to a home on Highway 43 when the boy was discovered deceased in a bed where he had been sleeping with a relative. No foul play is suspected, according to Jennings.

Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges identified the child as Bentley Lagers, the son of April Shinn. He said an autopsy conducted Monday in Springfield led to his ruling the case a sudden, unexplained death.