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Baby death investigation in Menasha


MENASHA, WI (WTAQ) - Police in Menasha are investigating the death of a baby born prematurely back on April 26th.

But that's just where the questions begin.

Menasha officers were not notified about questions surrounding the baby's death until Saturday. They then waited for the parents outside of a local funeral home.

“At no time did we disrupt the services and certainly it is not an ideal situation for us or the family, but following the law and following the procedures, we did have to be there,” Menasha Police Officer Aaron Zemlock told FOX 11. “There was simply information brought forward that there was bruising on the baby, but that can be due to a number of different medical conditions and that is why we have to wait for the autopsy report.” 

The baby boy was born by emergency C-section at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah back on April 26. Zemlock also says the medical examiner’s office was never contacted by Theda Clark, or Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Neenah where the baby died.

“Is it strange that the medical examiner wasn’t notified? I think we are all asking that question, we’re not exactly sure why,” said Zemlock. “We don’t even know that a crime has occurred. As with any suspicious death, once we are notified we have to follow through with certain protocols and complete those investigations.”

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).