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Farmington police investigating death of 3-month-old baby

Farmington police are investigating the death of a 3-month-old child who died July 31 while in the care of an in-home daycare provider.

According to police detective sergeant Lee Hollatz, Farmington police were called to the 1000 block of Locust Avenue just after 3 p.m. on a report that a 3-month-old male child was unconscious and not breathing.

Farmington fire/rescue, ALF Ambulance and Farmington police responded. Paramedics pronounced the child dead at the scene.

An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death, Hollatz said. Because it is an ongoing investigation, police will not release any more information regarding the incident until they have results of the autopsy.

"It definitely takes a toll. It takes a toll on those on the scene, it takes a toll on those who investigate it. It's tough, but we will do the best we can," Hollatz said.

Hollatz expects the autopsy to take a couple of weeks.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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