December 19, 2014

Elyria
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Police investigate after infant hospitalized in critical condition

ELYRIA — A 6-month-old baby boy is in the hospital in critical condition and police are investigating to determine if the cause is natural or criminal in nature.

Police Capt. Chris Costantino said it’s too early to discuss the investigation.

“But anytime an infant is hospitalized, we step in to do a thorough investigation,” he said. “We are not saying there is any wrongdoing at this point, but we want to know what happened.”

Police were called to an apartment at 1864 Middle Ave. shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday for a call about “a baby in distress.” When officers arrived, the infant was reportedly having trouble breathing.

He was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and then by ambulance to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital in Cleveland. A hospital spokesman said the boy was listed in critical but stable condition.

Costantino said a 5-year-old child was also at the home at the time the 911 call made.

The 5-year-old and the child’s mother are both at the hospital in Cleveland with the infant. Lorain County Children’s Services has been notified and, pending the outcome of the police investigation, will determine what needs to happen with the older child.

Costantino said Elyria detectives have spoken with the parents and will need further information from doctors before concluding the investigation.