No autopsy yet available for Kensington baby who died in November

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Provincial coroner does not expect results before Christmas

Kensington police

KENSINGTON — The autopsy report into the death of a six-month-old baby boy in Kensington in November has still not been completed and likely won’t be ready before Christmas.

Dr. Charles Trainor, the province’s chief coroner, said Tuesday he has yet to see the final report from the pathologist tasked to conduct the autopsy of the infant boy.

“Autopsy reports take time. Some of them can take up to three months before they are signed out,” said Trainor. “I don’t expect that this one should take that much time. The pathologist that did the case did not complete it, has not sent me a report yet so we are waiting.”

The baby’s death occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 16 at a home in the Prince County town. At the time of the death, police were divulging few details except to say they received a 911 call to attend a home shortly after 3:30 a.m.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the infant boy was unresponsive and was immediately rushed by Island EMS to Prince County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kensington police called in the RCMP Forensic Unit from Charlottetown to assist in the investigation.

Trainor said that his office is investigating the possibility of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) as being the cause of the baby’s death.

“In order to classify it as a SIDS death you have to have a negative autopsy, a negative scene investigation and a negative toxicology,” added Trainor. “We need those three things and we don’t have those things yet, so we are waiting.”

Kensington police Chief Lewie Sutherland told council Monday night the investigation into the case is ongoing.

“We still have one major file open,” said Sutherland, referring to the case. “We are waiting for results of the autopsy.”

The police chief said that as soon as the report is forwarded to his department, police “will take whatever action is necessary at that point.”

Two days after the baby’s death, police issued a release to media indicating they were working closely with the RCMP Forensic Unit as well as Child and Family Services in relation to the case.

“The baby was at home with his parents at the time of the occurrence,’’ police said in that press release.

“There were also two other small children in the apartment as well, who would have been half-brothers of the deceased.’’

At the time of the baby’s death, Trainor said he expected that the autopsy report would take up to two weeks to complete. It has now been three weeks since the baby’s passing.  

“I am not so sure we are going to have this answer by Christmastime.”

Organizations: Prince County Hospital, Child and Family Services

Geographic location: Kensington, Charlottetown

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