Homeless infant dies in Salvation Army Lambuth Family Shelter

DENVER - Authorities are investigating why a 5-month-old baby boy died after he was found unresponsive at a homeless shelter for families in Denver.

Starlight Harrell said her 5-month-old son, Ky-Rie, was all right while they ran errands Monday, but she found him unconscious in the stroller after they were returned to the Salvation Army's Lambuth Family Shelter, at 2741 N. Federal Blvd.

"The baby was fine, the baby was in the stroller," the mother told 7NEWS. "I picked him and played with him on the…bus and I put him down in the stroller and he was fine. He cried a little, and we got back here and when I took him out of the stroller, he was blue."

The baby was transported to the emergency room at Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:04 p.m. Monday, said Michelle Weiss-Samaras, the medical examiner's director of operations.

Salvation Army spokeswoman Courtney Culpepper confirmed the infant's family was living at the Lambuth Family Shelter. 

"The Salvation Army is in the business of helping people," Culpepper wrote in her statement. "We are struck by the tragedy of this event, and our hearts go out to the family."

Denver Police confirmed they are conducting a death investigation.

An autopsy was done Tuesday, but the medical examiner is awaiting further testing before ruling on a cause of death, Weiss-Samaras said.


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