Odessa Police Investigates Five Infant Deaths Within Seven Months

Odessa Police Investigates Five Infant Deaths Within Seven Months

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 

ODESSA - Odessa Police are hoping autopsy results will reveal more details behind the death of an infant.

It's the fifth case involving a child's death that they've investigated just within the last year.

Although the circumstances behind each death may not be the same, one thing is; five little lives gone way too soon.

The latest case happened Sunday night. It started in the 4500 block of Conley and ended at Medical Center Hospital where a five-month-old baby was pronounced dead.

In April, a two-month-old baby girl passed away at MCH. Investigators issued a search warrant at a home on West 7th St.

In February, a three-month-old died. The mother told NewsWest 9 her son wasn't breathing when she woke up and she noticed some blood behind his head.

In December, police arrested Talisha Redic after the death of her premature baby boy.

Redic's six surviving children all tested positive for cocaine, however her son's death was ruled as natural causes.

An Odessa man was arrested following the November death of a six-month-old baby in the 400 block of Seminole.

Investigators said the child was wrapped too tight, leaving him unable to move from a position where his face was pressed into the mattress.

OPD said collecting evidence in these cases is crucial however Cpl. Steve LeSueur said "In the vast majority of those cases, it's been determined that the infants died as a result of natural causes. Some of them came as a result of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.)"

An autopsy is performed but a final report can be delayed pending toxicology results.

Regardless of how the infants may have died, the Crimes Against Persons, Robbery/Homicide Unit is always called out to the scene.

"In all cases, they're always investigated as potential homicide," Le Sueur said. "Investigators always wanna err on the side of caution. It's always better to be safe than sorry."

Still OPD said it's important to remember, it's all part of protocol.

"Just because we're investigating the case doesn't mean the parents are automatically at fault or automatic suspects," LeSueur said.

The body of the infant who died Sunday night has been sent to Tarrant County for an autopsy.