Medical Examiner: Infant's death is a homicide

JASPER, Tenn. (AP) -- The state medical examiner's office has determined the death of a Marion County infant is a homicide.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, 3-month-old Colin Eugene Russell's body had injuries in various stages of healing. The report said the results are consistent with battered child syndrome. The cause of the baby's death was blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

An investigation began in June 2012 when relatives made an emergency call, saying the child had stopped breathing. Colin was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where the family discontinued life support six days later.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Detective Beth Raulston said Thursday she would review the final autopsy report with the prosecutor's office. No charges have yet been filed.


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