Authorities seeking cause of Baltimore baby's death Child died Saturday after taking nap at home


Baltimore police are trying to determine why a 21-month-old baby, who appeared to have only a slight bruise on his forehead, died during the weekend after taking an afternoon nap at his home.

The state medical examiner's office said yesterday it is performing laboratory tests to determine why Najah Francis died. The boy lived with his parents in the 5000 block of Ready Ave. in Govans.

Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman, said Najah's mother called police Saturday afternoon and reported that the child was unresponsive. Kim Francis told detectives she fed Najah milk and placed him on his back in a crib for a noon nap.

"When she went to check on him [about 4 p.m.], she found him on his stomach" and not moving, Cook-Hayes said. Francis called an ambulance, but Najah was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at Union Memorial Hospital, police said.

Cook-Hayes said doctors reported seeing a "slight bruise on the upper portion of the child's forehead." She said detectives were unable to determine whether the injury is related to the child's death and are awaiting autopsy results before completing their investigation.

The child's parents could not be reached yesterday.

Pub Date: 6/23/98

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