At approximately 5:30 AM on Saturday morning, Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police, along with Walton Fire Rescue, and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to Oakdale Garden Apartments in reference to an unresponsive 6 month old female. A Deputy Sheriff was the first to arrive and was approached by a family member holding the baby. The Deputy Sheriff immediately began CPR and continued until EMS arrived. Walton Fire Rescue continued CPR while transporting the infant to Healthmark Regional Medical Center. Despite life saving efforts, the baby passed away at approximately 6 AM while still at the hospital.
The Crime Scene Unit with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded and processed the apartment, as is routine in cases like this. The case is still under investigation; however, foul play is not believed to be involved. Chief Mark Weeks said “Dealing with the death of a baby is unimaginable. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of this precious little one.”