No criminal wrongdoing in infant's death say police

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Kensington police concluded investigation into infant's death with release of coroner's report

Wiley Ryder Adams, six months old, of Kensington was found unresponsive in his parents' bed at 3 a.m. Nov. 16. He was pronounced dead at Prince County Hospital an hour later.

KENSINGTON — The police investigation into the death of a Kensington infant who died late last year is now closed and no criminal wrongdoing has been found.

Kensington police Chief Lewie Sutherland did not wish to speak about the police investigation.

“I decided I wasn’t going to make any further comment on it. Our investigation has concluded and it is finished. That’s all I am going to say,” said Sutherland. “We concluded our investigation once the coroner’s report was done. There was absolutely no criminal wrongdoing.”

The province’s chief coroner ruled that the sudden death of the baby boy in November was the result of sudden unexpected death in infancy.

Dr. Charles Trainor said the autopsy of the six-month-old stated no obvious anatomical cause of death was found. The toxicology report was also negative.


He noted in a press release issued last month that the scene investigation carried out by the RCMP forensic unit and the Kensington police uncovered a number of risk factors, including cigarette smoking and bed sharing.

Trainor indicated that the baby was in bed with his parents, who woke around 3 a.m. on Nov. 16 and found the infant was unresponsive. The baby boy was taken to Summerside’s Prince County Hospital but could not be resuscitated.

Organizations: RCMP, Prince County Hospital

Geographic location: Kensington, Summerside

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Recent comments

  • Jennifer
    February 12, 2014 - 07:06

    Shame on you for publishing this story. It must be heartbreaking for the parents of this sweet baby to see their personal life exposed this way. If educating the public on SIDS is what you were trying to do, it could have been done a lot differently.

  • Fellow Parent
    February 11, 2014 - 18:51

    This is a story that should not have been originally published in The Guardian.

  • Amy Doucette
    February 11, 2014 - 18:51

    This story should have never been in the paper. Shame on you. Every update made it seem like the parents were murdering criminals. Hopefully this baby's parents will be able to heal and in time be able to move on with their life. My heart breaks for them.

    • dl
      February 11, 2014 - 20:10

      Totally Agree!!!!

  • Fellow Parent
    February 11, 2014 - 18:12

    This is a story that should not have been published in The Guardian.

  • Dundas Sue
    February 11, 2014 - 12:55

    Surely all involved could have done better than drag that couple's names through the mid and add to their pain. Sensationalism and journalism are not the same.