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Infant’s cause of death couldn’t be determined after autopsy

From staff reports

Information related to the death of Quentin D. Warren – the 3-week-old infant who was found not breathing last month in Otis Orchards – is scarce, especially after the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday the baby’s cause of death couldn’t be determined.

The autopsy report comes just five days after hundreds gathered in Riverfront Park to urge action against child abuse and neglect following the deaths of three children and the severe injury of a fourth in the Inland Northwest within a span of two weeks. The other three children are Maliki Wilburn, Sequoia Smith and Adalynn Hoyt.

On Aug. 29, medics were called to an apartment at 19625 E. Wellesley Ave. in Otis Orchards on a report of a baby not breathing. After they arrived, they called deputies. The medic who performed CPR on Warren said he saw no obvious injuries.

The medical examiner’s office said in a news release that officials performed a full autopsy but were unable to find a cause of death. It also listed the manner of death as undetermined.

Warren’s parents told deputies they had been out drinking until about 10:30 the night before. When they woke up, they could not locate the baby, according to court documents. The infant was found face down underneath a recliner.

Deputies wrote in court documents that the home was unkempt, with empty baby bottles and dirty diapers on the floor. A responding deputy reported the baby’s mother smelled of alcohol when she was interviewed, court records show.

The case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

“We’re still investigating,” said Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Gregory. “We’re continuing to look at all evidence.”