Ft. Bragg investigating another baby death

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November 22, 2010 8:27:45 PM PST
ABC11 Eyewitness News has learned authorities are investigating another infant death at Fort Bragg.Officials say a 5-month-old girl, who lived in on-post housing, died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville Saturday night.

An initial autopsy reveals that the baby's death has been classified as "undetermined" by medical authorities.

Since the infant lived in on-post housing, the Army Criminal Investigation Command is awaiting further autopsy and toxicology results from the medical examiner.

The infant's death comes as the Army and federal agencies are investigating the deaths of 10 infants in the last four years at Fort Bragg.

At this point, the latest investigation is independent of the other undetermined infant death investigations Army CID is currently conducting at Fort Bragg, but they are still trying to determine if there are any similarities with the other cases.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission was called in last month after Fort Bragg officials announced to the public it is investigating a possible link to houses in the deaths on post.

Fort Bragg has already begun testing the home on post where the latest infant and her family were living in at the time of her death. Leaders have not said what neighborhood at Fort Bragg the house is located in.

The house has already been tested by an independent contractor for air quality, which came back negative. Test results for volatile organic compounds and mold are expected to be released in three weeks.

According to Army CID, there were no obvious signs of trauma and at this point investigators do not suspect any foul play.

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