McMinnville infant's death ruled a homicide; police seek more information

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – The death of a 7-week-old McMinnville girl is being investigated as a homicide.

On Nov. 21, McMinnville police responded to a home at 1125 Northeast Irvine Street on a report that the infant wasn’t breathing. 

First responders worked to resuscitate the girl and took her to Willamette Valley Medical Center. She was then flown to OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for treatment of a traumatic brain injury. She died there on Nov. 24.

Police said the girl’s injuries were not consistent with the explanation provided by her caregivers. Her death is being investigated as a homicide, pending final autopsy results.

"It is worth noting that this tragic death was not the result of an incidental or accidental event such as bumping into a wall or rolling off a bed," reads a statement McMinnville police released to the public Friday. "To be clear, the infant's injuries were not caused by an accidental event.

"The infant's injuries were caused by a great deal of force exerted on the child, causing a traumatic brain injury leading to her death." 

Anyone with knowledge about events at the home or are aware of previously unreported disturbances or noise complaints on the night of Nov. 20 or morning of Nov. 21 is asked to call the McMinnville police tip line at 503-434-2337 and reference case number 17-4521.

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