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April 5, 2013

Infant’s death probed

Sister removed from parents after baby’s death

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Prior to the death of a 3-month-old boy early Thursday morning in a Fort Worth hospital, Child Protective Services removed his 1-year-old sister from her Weatherford parents after doctors found Tuesday what they believe to be injuries to the boy consistent with abuse.

According to documents filed in a Parker County court-at-law Wednesday, a doctor at Cook Children’s Medical Center found injuries on 3-month-old Laughton Champion “consistent with severe abusive head injury on more than one occasion.”

Affidavits filed by Dr. Jamye Coffman and a CPS investigator state that an MRI and other initial tests Tuesday revealed what are believed to be old and new brain bleeds and a spinal injury in the baby’s neck area. Additional diagnostic tests were pending at the time.

The boy reportedly stopped breathing early Tuesday morning while both children were spending the night with their father at a residence in the 5300 block of Farm-to-Market Road 51 North.  

The couple separated a few weeks prior due to domestic violence issues, the mother reportedly told CPS. She reported the children left her Weatherford home around 2:30 p.m. Monday healthy and happy and she received a text that the boy was not breathing around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Parker County Sheriff’s Office investigator Robert Pawley told CPS that the child’s father said the boy was sleeping under his left rib cage area when he noticed the boy had stopped breathing.

The father reportedly held the infant up to his ear and found his breaths were decreasing before turning him on his stomach and hitting him on the back to make him breath or dislodge anything in his airway, according to court documents.

After a 911 call was made, the child was taken to the hospital by ambulance and placed on life support, court records state.

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