The 1-month-old baby, who was reported to the media as being in critical condition last Tuesday, in fact died that same day. Attempts to get confirmation from the Roswell Police Department on Wednesday and Thursday met with reports that the case agent had received no notification of the death.
The infant’s death and the date of death were confirmed by the Office of the Medical Investigator on Thursday. The OMI said the body was received by them from UNM on Tuesday. In addition, they confirmed that the case for the 1-month-old boy had originated in Roswell, and that the boy was sent to UNM from Eastern New Mexico Medical Center late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
The Public Affairs Office at University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital said it would have been standard operating procedure for the hospital to notify the pertinent investigating agency immediately after the child’s death with any case of suspected child abuse.
The following information was released by the RPD public information liaison office around 12:51 p.m. only after the Daily Record contacted them with the name, date of death and OMI case number: “The infant passed away late last week. The investigation is ongoing.”
The RPD has asked that the child’s name be withheld.