Weatherford Democrat

July 1, 2014

Officials can't determine why infant died

Christin Coyne
Weatherford Democrat


The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office has been unable to determine what caused the death of a 3-week-old boy in February after his mother reportedly wrapped his head in a blanket to muffle the sound of his crying, according to information released this week. 

Medical examiner doctors could not determine whether the baby suffocated or rule out suffocation as a cause of death, medical examiner spokeswoman Linda Anderson told the Democrat Wednesday. 

Sean Ryan Vogel, born Jan. 22, was pronounced dead at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Azle shortly before 1 p.m. Feb. 12 after LifeCare paramedics transported him from his home in the 100 block of Rankin Road near Azle.

Medical staff at the hospital reported that the boy had no signs of life when he arrived and showed no obvious signs of trauma, according to Child Protective Services. 

The medical examiner’s office this week listed the cause and manner of death as undetermined. 

Shortly after his death, the child’s mother reportedly told a Parker County sheriff’s investigator that she wrapped a blanket about the infant’s head to muffle the sound of his crying and laid him stomach down on the bed. 

She then left the room for several hours and returned to find her son not breathing, she reportedly told the investigator. 

The woman reportedly said the baby had been up all night and the boy’s father was at work at the time. 

CPS removed the woman’s 2-year-old daughter, who has been placed with a grandparent, according to court records. 

The Democrat was unable to obtain more information on the investigation from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday.