September 21, 1996 in Nation/World

Infant Dies Of Injuries From Baptism Dips

Compiled From Wire Services

A 4-month-old girl who nearly drowned earlier this month while she was being baptized at a breakaway Catholic church has died.

Sade Victoria Omotola had been on life support since Sept. 8 at Children’s hospital, where she was rushed after blood began streaming from her nose and her face turned blue during the baptism ceremony.

She died Thursday. Authorities were waiting for autopsy results from the District of Columbia Medical Examiner’s Office on the cause of death.

The Rev. August Griffin had immersed the baby’s head three times into a baptismal tub during the ceremony at Imani Temple on Capitol Hill.

Temple Founder George Augustus Stallings Friday defended baptism by immersion as “sound and safe.”

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