Death of Montrose infant called suspicious

MONTROSE — The Montrose County Coroner’s Office determined the manner of death of a 4-month-old infant to be suspicious, and the Montrose Police Department is investigating the child’s death.

According to Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn, police officers and an ambulance responded to a call Thursday at a Montrose home where a child was said to be having “medical issues.”

“Basically the baby was having difficulty breathing,” Chinn said.

The baby, Angel Nieto, a 4-month-old boy was rushed to the emergency room at Montrose Memorial Hospital, unconscious and in critical condition, Chinn said. The nature of the boy’s injuries was not disclosed.

The boy was then flown to Children’s Hospital in Denver, where he was declared brain dead Saturday morning. The child was taken off life support at 12:05 p.m. the same day.

“We determined the death to be suspicious after reviewing the medical records,” Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield said.

Canfield declined to release any information contained in the records detailing the child’s condition before the boy was transferred to Denver.

“We’re not naming any suspects at this point. Right now, we’re just trying to conduct our investigation,” Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard said.

Chinn said Montrose police are awaiting results from an autopsy in Adams County to determine the cause and manner of death.

“Right now we’re conducting a death investigation until we get the results,” Chinn said.


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