Police investigate suspicious death of 2-month-old boy

Posted at 3:34 PM, Feb 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-10 10:34:48-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Police are investigating the death of a two-month-old boy in Henrico County.

In an email to CBS 6, Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Eric Owens said it is being investigated as a "suspicious death" at this time.

Owen said police were called to the Oakmeade Apartment Complex, in the  200 block of Airport Place, early Thursday morning to help with an "unresponsive" child.

Reporter and weekend anchor Angela Pellerano has learned that the Medical Examiner has ruled the two-month baby boy died of asphyxiation. The manner of death is pending  investigation.

The child was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center around 1:00 a.m. Thursday.

Jessica Patron, a neighbor, tells CBS 6 the boy's mother came to her sometime after midnight, asking her to dial 911.

"I guess the baby was just sick," said Patron. "We called 911 the ambulance came and they took the baby."

Patron said the boy's mother has two other kids and calls her a good mom.

"I just didn't believe it. I just went over there two days ago, and I changed his diaper, fed the little boy, and gave him a bottle. It's just crazy," said Patron, when asked how she was handling the news of the boy's passing.

Others who live in the Oak Meade apartments are also stunned and saddened by the death -- and a mother's agony over losing a child.

"She was getting in the car and I gave her a hug," said  Erma Ferguson, who said she experienced a similar tragedy. "I don't even know her but I know what she's going through."

Ferguson said she  lost her son eight years ago in a car accident and would not wish that pain on any parent.