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Update: White Co. deputies investigating suspicious death of baby

WHITE COUNTY, Ark. --(KTHV) The White County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a three-month-old boy.

A baby like that, he was just cute," says Christine French.

French calls her grandson, 3-month-old Joshua Goff a bundle of joy, a blessing.

Life, though, drastically changed for the family on New Year's Day.

"We couldn't believe that something like this had happened," she explains.

Deputies say the baby's father was caring for him at a White County Home when he called 911 saying the baby wasn't breathing.

French and the child's mother were out running errands when they got the news.

"If you would have stayed home that day, you always wonder what would have happened," says French.

An official cause of death has yet to be determined, but the coroner tells Today's THV the baby had a skull fracture and brain swelling.

Cpl. Steve Hernandez explains, "Anytime you don't have a death that is not natural causes, you are going to investigate it has a homicide or as a suspicious death of any sort. Until every aspect of the case actually runs into an end where it is ruled accidental or it is ruled the other way."

White County Prosecutor Chris Raff tells Today's THV he's still waiting for the autopsy report. It'll likely be several more days before he can decide whether to file charges.

As for French, she doesn't believe the baby's father would hurt him.

She explains, "Never a problem. Always playing when he was home from work making a fuss over him so we are just waiting to know what the answers are ourselves."

For now though, she just wants to remember the little boy who brought so much joy.

"You don't forget anybody that touches your life," says French.

The prosecutor tells THV it is not uncommon for an autopsy report to take weeks to complete. Again, he says he hopes to have the file within the next week.

The infant was pronounced dead at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services is also investigating.


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