D’IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) - D’Iberville police are investigating the death of a 10-month-old infant and his father’s apparent suicide.
Officers responded to an emergency medical call at 4:11 a.m. Wednesday at Landmark Apartments, police Chief Wayne Payne said. The D’Iberville Fire Department and an emergency medical response team also responded to the call.
There they found the child dead on the floor of one of the bedrooms in a two-bedroom apartment where he lived with his father and grandparents. The child’s parents were separated and the father had recently moved into the apartment with the child, Payne said.
Payne said officers interviewed the grandfather on the scene. He told them the child’s father woke him up saying something was wrong with the baby. He found the baby unresponsive and dialed 911.
As the family waited for emergency responders, he told officers, the father became hysterical and ran out of the house.
Officers canvassed the area and found the father shortly after, hanging from the stairwell of another apartment complex next door. A medical team immediately began life-saving procedures, and he was transported to a nearby hospital where he was announced dead, Payne said.
Officials are not releasing further details as the investigation is ongoing, Payne said. He said the department is treating the death of the child as if it were a homicide.
“We’re uncertain what we have at this point,” he said. “We’re going to treat it as a homicide just to make sure we’re covering all the possibilities.”
The Harrison County Coroner’s Office is assisting in the investigation. Coroner Gary Hargrove said an autopsy will be performed Thursday.
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