No Foul Play Involved in Knoxville Baby’s Death

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa – The Knoxville Police Department has concluded that a five-month-old boy’s death involved zero wrongdoing.

Around noon on Wednesday, Knoxville Police and Rescue was dispatched to the 1100 block of North Depot Street for a report of a possible deceased baby.  Units discovered the boy, who was unresponsive and apparently deceased, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

It is the practice of the Knoxville Police Department to regard any unattended death by medical personnel to be suspicious. A Medical Examiner Investigator, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, and the Marion County Attorney were all contacted. The deceased child was sent to the Iowa Coroner’s Office for an autopsy as part of the general investigation.

On Friday, the Knoxville Police Department was informed that there wasn’t any foul play involved in the death and no criminal charges are expected to be filed.


  • Hugo S LaVia

    “zero” wrongdoing? Is that a new term they’re teaching in J-schools these days? Oh, wait, WHO-TV and J-school. Silly me.

  • Troy Hendrickson

    I love how the police put the family through needless anguish publicly calling the death “suspicious”. But hey, since when do police give a rats behind about that kind of thing.

  • Amy

    I know that the police had the responsibility to check this out, but for the sake of the family at a tragic time like this, I do not understand why this was presented in the media several days ago as a supsicious death. I can’t imagine going through this and having it presented in the news like it was a few days ago. In fairness to the family, I believe this should not have been covered by the news unless it was ruled after the autopsy that foul play took place. Labeling this as a suspicious death before the autopsy was concluded was a cruel thing to do to the family. Although I have never met the family, I feel for the family because of the way that this was so poorly handled.

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