Police investigate death of newborn in Naugatuck

UPDATE 11:30 p.m. Tuesday

As state police continue their investigation into what they are calling the “untimely death” of an infant, the mother of the baby tells News 8, “I did everything I could to help her.”

Heather Brown tells us the baby was sick, possibly from a new formula prescribed by a doctor. She said she found the baby unresponsive in her crib early Tuesday.

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) – Crime tape on Tuesday surrounded a house on Diamond Street that just a few days prior hosted an Easter egg hunt for local children.

“This past Saturday, they had an Easter egg hunt for neighborhood children and it was very kind of them to do such a thing,” said a neighbor who added that she could always see kids playing in the backyard at 20 Diamond St.

But the scene changed dramatically on Tuesday as police investigated the untimely death of a newborn at the address.

“When she passed away, I just don’t understand this,” said Cherish Curtain, an aunt of the infant. “My poor brother and my sister-in-law, my nieces and my nephews, what are they going to say?”

Police said they were called Monday night to 20 Diamond St. on an unrelated incident in which two people were arrested over a dispute that involved a cell phone.

No arrests have yet to be made in the death of the baby, who Curtain said was born March 15, 2014. Police were called to the home about 7 a.m. Tuesday and didn’t leave the scene until after 5 p.m.

Neighbors said the parents of the newborn have other children, who left with DCF officials.

“Sympathy goes out because of the baby that died,” said neighbor Pamela Ready. “But people got to realize that there are other kids involved that need to be taken care of.”

AJ Walker and Bob Wilson reporting

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