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New West infant's death being investigated as a possible homicide

Infant's death called suspicious
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The regional homicide team has been brought in to investigate the death of an infant in New Westminster.

On July 24 at approximately 4:20 a.m., New Westminster Police Department (NWPD) responded to a call of an unresponsive one-year-old child in the 1300 block of Fifth Avenue, said a news release.

NWPD completed an assessment and determined suspicious circumstances around the death. The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was called in to investigate.

 “IHIT investigators are working closely with our partners at the New Westminster Police Department, BC Coroners Service, and the NWPD Forensic Identification Section,” said the release. “Homicide detectives are speaking with the family and friends to ascertain the specifics around what happened. Local support services have also been engaged.”

As there is no ongoing public safety issue or investigative need, no names or further details are being released, said IHIT.

“The hurt caused by these kind of deaths are amplified when the victim is so young,” says Sgt. David Lee of IHIT. “We are working diligently to find answers to help the healing process for all those affected.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at