UPDATE: No wrongdoing likely in Grays Harbor infant’s death
UPDATE: Today at 10:00 am, the autopsy of the female infant that was found deceased two days ago had been conducted. The pathologist found no obvious signs of trauma. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us the pathologist did find evidence to suggest that the child was stillborn. Additional tests need to be performed before the pathologist can give an official cause and manner of death. At this point the case is still under investigation.
Elma, Wash. – No criminal charges are being sought in what Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott tells KBKW looks to be just a sad story. After a newborn child’s body was found in an Elma home Tuesday. “At this point there’s no evidence of foul play, or any criminal activity. We’re not going to make a final determination until the autopsy. At this point there’s no evidence of criminal wrong doing so we have not made any arrests, nor do we intend to.”
Scott said a 37 year old woman was transported to Capital Medical Center in Olympia after reporting a miscarriage at the home in the 100 block of Newman Creek Road. Doctors told investigators that it appeared the woman had given birth, however Scott said when they searched they home. “It was immediately apparent that this was not a full term pregnancy.”
The woman later told investigators that she was afraid to report the child was stillborn “We think the reason she wasn’t forthcoming about what actually happened initially as – completely unrelated to what happened, but she’s been dealing with some child custody issues.”
An autopsy on the newborn is scheduled for Thursday to determine if the baby was alive at birth.