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Grant County Sheriff’s office investigating baby’s death

Wed., March 18, 2009, 3:37 p.m.

An autopsy today by the Grant County coroner showed that a 9-month-old boy who died on Tuesday succumbed to asphyxia from drowning.

Brandon Richardson reportedly stopped breathing while taking a bath in a case that is under investigation by the sheriff’s office.

Undersheriff John Turley said that the boy was pronounced dead after arriving at Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake on Tuesday.

A county emergency medical crew and sheriff’s deputies responded Tuesday morning on a 911 call to the 1100 block of Mather Drive north of Moses Lake. The mother, Brandi A. Smith, 18, of Moses Lake, said that the boy was taking a bath when the problem occurred.

Deputies were continuing an investigation this afternoon. Turley did not give other details.

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