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UPDATE: Authorities rule out foul play in Northwest Iowa child's death


SPENCER, Iowa (KTIV) - Police investigating the death of a baby in Spencer, Iowa Friday night say preliminary results from the state medical examiner's office have ruled out foul play.

The exact cause of death has not yet been determined and it will be a couple of weeks before forensic results are known.

Authorities were called to a local residence shortly before 8:30 Friday night for a medical emergency involving the 15-month old boy.

The child was pronounced dead a short time later at the Spencer hospital.

Because of the child's age it is standard practice for police to investigate his death.

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SPENCER, Iowa (KTIV) - Spencer paramedics were called to the 800 block of 4th Avenue Southeast after a 911 call just before 8:30 Friday night.

They were told that baby was in distress.  That child was taken to the Spencer Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson said the baby showed no obvious signs of injury or trauma.  However, authorities have launched a full investigation, due to the child's age.  This is standard practice.

Lawson said the body of the child, who's name is not being released, has been sent to the state medical examiner in Ankeny.

He expects to release more information when those findings become available early next week.

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