Petersburg Police investigating ‘unusual’ death of 9-month-old

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — 8News has learned that Petersburg Police are conducting a death investigation after the death of a 9-month-old child.

We’re told the 9-month-old was brought to the emergency room at Southside Regional Medical Center and died roughly two hours later.

Soon after, police launched an investigation.

“Petersburg police are now working on this as a death investigation to determine what caused the medical distress, if anything unnatural,” Petersburg spokesperson Esther Hyatt said.

Police right now can’t say if foul play is suspected or not, but they do say the death is unusual.

“Anytime someone dies that appears to be unusual, we initiate a death investigation to determine what, if anything, happened to them that may have been unlawful,”Hyatt said.

The body of the child has been sent to the chief Medical Examiners Office in Richmond where an autopsy will be done.

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