Infant dies at home


LEWISTON – A 4-month-old boy in a downtown apartment who stopped breathing Friday morning died after being rushed to a hospital by police and paramedics.

Lewiston and Maine State Police are investigating the death of the infant, who was found unconscious by his mother about 8 a.m. “People shouldn’t make assumptions,” said Lewiston police Lt. Don Mailhot. “That’s normal procedure for infant deaths.”

The identities of the boy and his mother were not released Friday as the investigation got under way.

Rescue crews were called to the apartment at 6 Knox St. after the mother found her child not breathing in the living room of her home, police said.

Paramedics performed CPR on the child inside the home before taking him to Central Maine Medical Center. A police officer drove an ambulance to the hospital while a pair of medics continued working on the child in the back.

Police said the child was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Lewiston police Detective Brian O’Malley is investigating the death along with Maine State Police Detective Rick Fowler.

The mother and child were in an apartment with other children when the boy was discovered unconscious, police said. An autopsy is planned for the child, and no cause of death was known later Friday.