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ETX parents pray for 15 hours over dead baby before calling 911


Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a three-day-old infant whose parents waited 15 hours after her death to call 911.

According to Capt. John Raffield, the sheriff's office received a call at 4 a.m. Sunday in reference to the death of a three-day-old infant. The caller said the baby was born on May 23 and died around 1 p.m. on Saturday. The caller said they had been praying over the baby over the previous 15 hours before calling 911.

Deputies, EMS and investigators responded to the Wells Manor Apartments on Wright Patman Drive and found the infant in a bassinette next to the bed in the master bedroom of the apartment.

The mother, father and several adults who identified themselves as elders of the church with whom the parents are members, were present and cooperated with investigators when they arrived, Raffield stated.

The sheriff's office is not releasing the names of the parents or witnesses at this time. An autopsy has been ordered on the infant and deputies continue to investigate the case.

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