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Posted at 6:07 PM ET, 09/ 7/2010

Infant found unconscious dies

By Erica Johnston

Update, 6:28 p.m.:
D.C. police said the infant who was found unconscious Tuesday afternoon has been pronounced dead at a hospital. Preliminary reports say the 4-month-old child was coughing up formula while eating and fell unconscious, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman.

Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances of the child's death.

Earlier:
An infant was found unconscious Tuesday afternoon in a Southeast Washington home, and authorities rushed the child to a hospital, officials said.

D.C. police and fire department personnel were called to the 5000 block of Benning Road just after 5 p.m. for the report of an unconscious child, and responders found an infant who was reportedly four months old, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a police spokesman.

A fire department paramedic engine was the first to respond and performed CPR as the child was taken to a hospital, said Pete Piringer, a Fire and EMS department services spokesman.

The child's condition and sex could not be immediately learned, officials said. Police were investigating the circumstances of how the child was found, Metcalf said.

-- Clarence Williams

By Erica Johnston  | September 7, 2010; 6:07 PM ET
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