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May 5, 2012

OSBI looking into 'suspicious death' of 8-month-old in Commerce

COMMERCE, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look into what is being termed a “suspicious death,” police and OSBI officials confirmed Saturday.

Commerce Police confirmed they asked for the assistance from the state agency after the mother of an 8-month-old boy called emergency crews and reported the child had apparently stopped breathing. She allegedly told police she had put her child down for a nap a couple of hours earlier and went back to check on him and found him unresponsive.

The child has been identified as Randy Kirk III; the mother’s name has not been released.

The call came in to authorities just after noon Friday and emergency crews responded to the home in the 300 Block of S. Walnut St., according to Jessica Brown, spokesperson for OSBI. The child was dead when medical crews arrived.

Bob Baine, Commerce Police Chief, referred all questions on Saturday to the OSBI.

According to Brown, OSBI agents and Commerce officers sought a search warrant on Friday to look for any evidence as to what may have caused the child’s death. Agents also interviewed everyone inside the home at the time of death.

Brown said that because of the age of the child, and because there was no obvious cause a death, it is termed “suspicious.”

“We’re waiting for the medical examiner’s officer to give us some direction,” said Brown. “We might get a preliminary (report) this weekend.”

No other details were available on Saturday.

 

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