Kensington baby did not die of SIDS: coroner

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Autopsy did not reveal cause of death so case becomes SUDI (sudden unexpected death in infancy)

Dr. Charles Trainor

KENSINGTON — Sudden infant death syndrome has been ruled out as the cause of the mid-November death of Kensington infant at his home.

The province’s chief coroner Dr. Charles Trainor confirmed today that the autopsy has been completed and its results presented to Kensington police and reviewed with the parents of the baby.

The death of the six-month-old infant at his family home prompted a police investigation and speculation, on the part of the coroner’s office, that the death may have been caused by SIDS.

Trainor, who is now in the process of writing his final report on the case, a report that he said could be released as early as later today, told the Journal Pioneer this morning that his office’s investigation into the case is now complete.

“No anatomical cause of death could be found,” said the chief coroner. “It’s a negative autopsy. Sudden infant death syndrome is the diagnosis of exclusion. You have to have a negative autopsy, negative toxicology and negative scene investigation.”

He confirmed that both the autopsy and toxicology report were negative.

“There are a couple of issues with the scene, so that takes it away from being called a SIDS death and puts it into a category called SUDI – sudden unexpected death in infancy,” said Trainor. “We don’t know what would cause that.”

Kensington police Chief Lewie Sutherland could not be reached for comment.

“I haven’t met with the family but the Kensington police have discussed the autopsy report with the family,” said Trainor, who met with police Tuesday to review the autopsy results.

The baby’s death occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 16 at a home in the Prince County town.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene responding to a 911 call after 3:30 a.m., the infant boy was unresponsive and was immediately rushed by Island EMS to Prince County Hospital where he was pronounced dead

Trainor said his final report will be given to police and the province’s Attorney General’s office for review. It will also be available to the public.

Organizations: Journal Pioneer, Prince County Hospital

Geographic location: Kensington

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Recent comments

  • Islander
    January 16, 2014 - 09:14

    "Kensington police Chief Lewie Sutherland could not be reached for comment." I spotted Mr Sutherland driving around Kensington in the police car with a smoke hanging out his mouth. Time to step down Chief!

  • sad
    January 15, 2014 - 21:51

    "unexplained"... does that mean they will never know what happened?

  • AL
    January 15, 2014 - 19:29

    The baby did not die of SIDS because they scene did not give a "negative" result, so they've categorized it as Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI) - which is something different.

  • Not that confusing
    January 15, 2014 - 16:13

    They only ruled out sids, the coroner hasnt released his report yet.....its all there

  • Karen
    January 15, 2014 - 12:59

    Confusing. Did not die of SIDS so that is the cause of the death, since there was no explanation for it.