COOLSPRING TWP. – A rural Michigan City infant died Tuesday morning at a Chicago hospital, and authorities in Illinois have ruled the 8-week-old's death a homicide.
The boy was originally brought to Franciscan Health Michigan City last Thursday, before being transferred, and it was the medical staff at Franciscan that notified the La Porte County Sheriff's Department.
On Friday, Franciscan officials informed police of the infant's injuries, according to Capt. Derek Allen of the sheriff's department.
The baby was transferred to the University of Chicago Medicine-Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, while detectives from the Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division "were immediately notified and activated," Allen said.
On Tuesday, medical staff at Comer "determined the infant had no brain activity and was officially declared dead at 11:41 a.m.," according to Allen.
On Thursday, an autopsy was conducted on the boy – who lived in the Woodland Crossing complex in Coolspring Township – by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office in Chicago.
The cause of death was "closed head injuries due to blunt force trauma" and the "manner of death was homicide," a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office said.
A Franciscan spokesman said "the child's injuries, which eventually proved to be fatal, happened before the child was brought to the hospital. Hospital personnel notified police upon examination of the child."
Over the weekend, detectives continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the injury, Allen said. That investigation continued as of Thursday evening.
The investigation remains "open and active," he said, but no further details were being released.
Michigan City Police were not involved in the investigation because the injuries were suffered outside the city limits.
—From staff reports