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Hugo police investigate baby's death

Hugo Police responded Wednesday to reports that a baby was not breathing. The infant was later pronounced dead, and Police are investigating.
Hugo Police responded Wednesday to reports that a baby was not breathing. The infant was later pronounced dead, and Police are investigating.(KXII)
Published: Mar. 8, 2017 at 10:29 AM CST
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HUGO, Okla. (KXII) -- Officers were called Wednesday to the 500 block of North Broadway because an infant was not responsive.

"A bunch of flashing lights, police, ambulance, just turmoil everywhere," said neighbor James Bills.

Officers arrived around 5 a.m., and the child's mother, 30-year-old Sanowa Smith, told officers that her 1 month old son Kendric Smith was not breathing.

The baby was pronounced dead by EMS technicians at 5:12 a.m.

"I don't know what the real deal is, or what happened," said another neighbor, Tony Hubbard. "I don't know if the baby was just sick, or whatever the circumstances may be, but it's sad."

The loss hit especially close to home for Bills. He recently lost a son, killed in Rosewood at age 32.

"It's a big void. It's hard to replace that emptiness," said Bills. "It can't be replaced."

Bills added losing a child as young as Kendric, makes the loss even more tragic.

"I can imagine what the family is going through losing a one month old infant. Their whole life ahead of them. It's terrible," said Bills.

The infant's body will be transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

This investigation continues, and police said they have made no determination on what caused the baby's death.

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