Kent Police have arrested a Kent woman after her infant son was found dead on Tuesday.
Officers responded to the home in 758 Woodford Ave. N., in Kent at 8:25 p.m. after receiving reports of CPR being administered to an infant. Police arrived to find Puget Sound Fire and King County Medics administering aid to the infant. However, life-saving efforts were unsuccessful and the infant was pronounced dead.
The 2½-month-old infant boy was born six weeks premature and spent the first month in the hospital prior to being released to the care of his mother, police said.
Through investigation, authorities learned that the biological mother of the infant, a 24-year-old Kent resident, placed the infant on his stomach on top of a sleeping bag in a bedroom and left him unattended for at least 20 minutes while she watched television in the living room. When she returned she found him face down and not breathing, police said.
Information during the investigation led detectives to believe the mother was reckless in the care of her infant, which ultimately resulted in the infant’s death.
Investigators have not yet released the mother’s name.
“This truly is a sad unfortunate case that could have been prevented,” said Commander Jarod Kasner.
Investigators are not releasing any additional details at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.