Police: Infant smothered when toddler brother climbed into crib

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Baby found dead after brother climbed into crib
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Police say it appears the infant smothered when his 2-year-old brother climbed in the crib to sleep with him

HOUSTON, Texas -- A tragic accident killed a 6-month-old baby and his family is in mourning.

Police said somehow the child's older brother got into the infant's crib, potentially smothered him to death. It happened at the Jadestone apartment complex in west Houston.

This is being called an accident by investigators. Firefighters and police were called to the family's home around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, the 6-month-old was unresponsive.

Police said the boy's father put the 6-month-old in his crib and then put his 2-year-old son into a separate bed. About half an hour later, the father checked on the boys and found both of them in the crib.

The older child apparently climbed in to sleep with his brother. Police said somehow the younger boy was smothered as the two slept.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine exactly how the child died, but at this point, police say this appears to be a tragic accident caused by the older brother.

The medical examiner told us because the child is so young, it could take quite some time to determine the official cause of death.