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Police investigate death of 9-month-old baby

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Kennewick Police are investigating the death of a 9-month-old special needs baby. It happened on March 15th, and police are just talking about it on August 10th. The death is suspicious, being ruled a homicide.

We are just now hearing about the death of baby Liam Smith 5 months later because detectives wanted to make sure they interviewed everyone involved. On Wednesday, the Benton County Coroner, John Hansens released just how that baby died, but there are still many questions left unanswered.

On March 15th, police received a call about a baby not breathing on the 1100 block of N. Cleveland St. Paramedics rushed Liam to Kennewick General Hospital.

Sergeant Randy Maynard with KPD said, "they attempted resuscitation for I think it was about 45 minutes, and finally the baby was pronounced dead."

Since then, Kennewick Police have been quietly working to figure out what happened to baby Liam.

"There were a number of factors that had to come together before we could issue a final finding in this case," said coroner, John Hansens

Nearly six months later, those findings show Liam Smith died of blunt force trauma to the head...his death ruled a homicide.

"We're going through and talking to everybody that had any interaction with Liam, with the family. Liam had down syndrome so there was some additional resources and care providers that the family had engaged," said Sgt. Maynard.

Coroner Hansens said, "this is not a case where we believe the child fell by itself or bumped into something by himself."

Kennewick Police say there are no suspects but they do have persons of interest they are looking at. They will not say who they are or if there will be any charges filed.

Sgt. Maynard said they are getting ready to turn over their findings to the Benton County Prosecutor who will decide what to do next.

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