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.
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    UPDATE: No wrongdoing likely in Grays Harbor infant’s death

    Elma, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a newborn child in Elma. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate tells us Yesterday at approximately 2:45 pm E911 Dispatch received a 911 call from a residence in the 100 block of Newman Creek Road. The caller indicated her 37 year old sister was possibly having a miscarriage. Aid responded to the scene and transported the female to Capital Medical Center in Olympia.

    At approximately 5:05 pm, Capital Medical Center relayed information to the dispatch center that the 37 year old female showed signs that she had already giving birth within the past 24 hours. Deputies and detectives responded to the residence and the hospital. The investigators eventually learned from the female that she had given birth at her home on Newman Creek Road in the early morning hours of September 9th. The female reported that the child was stillborn however was afraid to report it to 911. Detectives did located a deceased infant child inside the residence. At this time, the cause and manner of death are still under investigation. An autopsy is expected later today.

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  • Downed Plane in Elma Struck Powerlines

    The Federal Aviation Administration confirms a downed plane in Elma this afternoon. The plane was reported downed just before 3 PM North of Elma in a wooded area near Newman Creek Road.

    Firewatch Number 1 departed Olympia to conduct a fire check on Weyerhaeuser lands and reportedly crashed after running into powerlines killing the plane's single occupant.

    The Grays Harbor PUD reports a 15-customer outage related to the incident, power should be restored to those customers Wednesday evening.

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