CANAAN — Investigators from the State Police Major Crimes Unit were sent to Hubbard Road in Canaan late Wednesday for the reported death of an infant.

Detective Sgt. Jason Richards said it is mandatory under Maine law for state police to investigate the death of anyone under the age of 3. He said the parents of the eight-month-old girl are cooperating with the investigation. Her death is not considered suspicious.

State police, a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy and rescue personnel were sent to the home following a 911 call just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The child was unresponsive. State Police Trooper Scott Duff and the girl’s father attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but were unsuccessful, Richards said. She was taken to a local hospital where staff were not able to resuscitate her.

Death investigation protocols established by the attorney general’s office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner stipulate that the state police Major Crimes Unit automatically investigates such deaths, Richards said.

An autopsy has been performed and results are pending, he said.


Police were on the scene until 4 a.m. investigating the scene as a matter of routine, checking for any factors that can help the medical examiner determine the cause and manner of death, according to Richards.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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Twitter: @Doug_Harlow

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