Milwaukee police investigate two baby deaths; one ruled suspicious

UPDATE November 27:

Mayor Barrett released a statement on the death's of the two babies:

"The deaths of the two infant girls are gut-wrenching.The circumstances of each incident are under review but the early reports indicate that the deaths of the babies were preventable, compounding the tragedy and senselessness of each death. The loss of these two young, innocent lives will mark this Thanksgiving for family, friends and the community for years to come. Today, as we give thanks to God for our families, include these two baby girls in your thoughts and prayers."


Milwaukee police are investigating the suspicious death of a seven-week-old infant.

Officers responded to a home in the 2100 block of N. 46th Street on Wednesday. They said around 4 p.m., the infant was found lifeless by her grandmother.

Milwaukee firefighters worked for an hour trying to revive the baby, but it wasn't enough and she was pronounced dead.

Officials said the infant's parents were at the home at the time and were "very intoxicated." Milwaukee police said it's a tragic and sad situation to deal with.

"Kids are always hard and you never get over kids, especially for the firefighters," said Milwaukee Police Deputy Inspector Stephen Basting. "I mean, you work on this infant here for an hour. That's very telling for their dedication as well."

Basting said the infant's parents are in custody on unrelated charges. They have outstanding warrants and are cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, police believe co-sleeping played a role in the another child's death. It happened around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 5400 block of N. 91st Street .

The victim is a three-month-old girl.

The 23-year-old mother, who has two other young children, remained on the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

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