Muskogee police investigating after finding infant unresponsive in vehicle in parking lot

Posted at 7:14 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 14:14:36-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Police say they are investigating after discovering an unresponsive baby inside a vehicle Wednesday afternoon.

Muskogee police say when they arrived to the area of 400 block of South 34th they found an infant inside a vehicle in a parking lot around 5 p.m.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are still working, but so far they say a caregiver, not a parent, arrived at the daycare to pick up the 6-week-old boy. But staff at the daycare told the caregiver who arrived to pick up the baby that the child was never dropped at the daycare.

Police say the legal guardian of the child was its aunt, Shelly Hopkins. At this time, police report, the district attorney’s office is not filing charges. 

Minutes later they realized the child had been inside a car. It has not been made clear by authorities whose car the child was found inside, but we are gathering more information.

Muskogee police spokesperson says cases like this really take a toll on the officers.

"The majority of our officers have kids, some have newborns are about the same age so really kind of hits home with them and it affects them," said Lincoln Anderson with Muskogee police. “But [I’m] completely oblivious to emotions and anytime you investigate the death of a child it's tough on these guys."

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