Baby deaths on Allen Street in Bangor both ‘pending further study’

Bangor Police investigated the death of a child under the age of 3 inside a house on Allen Street in Bangor in December 2011. Bangor Police Department detectives and a representative from the state medical examiner’s office are investigating the death of another baby that was reported at the same address Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
Bangor Police investigated the death of a child under the age of 3 inside a house on Allen Street in Bangor in December 2011. Bangor Police Department detectives and a representative from the state medical examiner’s office are investigating the death of another baby that was reported at the same address Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
Posted April 25, 2012, at 1:09 p.m.
Last modified April 25, 2012, at 3:03 p.m.

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BANGOR, Maine — The autopsy of the baby boy who died this week on Allen Street was completed Wednesday and is inconclusive but not suspicious, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

“An autopsy performed this morning on an infant baby from 92 Allen St. [who died] yesterday is deemed not to be suspicious and the cause of death is pending due to toxicology tests that could take several weeks,” the sergeant said.

“The autopsy is done but it’s pending further study,” Mark Belserene, administrator of the state medical examiner’s office said earlier in the day. “It will probably be a couple of months” before test results come in and the report is complete.

The baby’s death is the second death of an infant male to occur at 92 Allen St. in the last four months.

“This case is not connected with an infant death that occurred at the same address on Dec. 30, 2011,” Edwards said.

The first baby boy was born Dec. 9 and died for unknown reasons on Dec. 30.

“We don’t have a cause or manner from the first one. It’s just taking longer than the average,” Belserene said. “Both are still pending further study.”

Emergency medical personnel and police were called to Allen Street at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for a report of an unresponsive male infant. The child was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Edwards said.

State law requires that investigations and autopsies be performed in cases involving the death of children under the age of 3.

Allen Street is only about a half-mile long and the house at 92 Allen St. appears to comprise two apartments.

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