HCSO: Infant death under investigation after baby boy dies in grandmother's care

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - Hillsborough County deputies are trying to determine how a 9-month-old baby died after he was found unresponsive at a home on Oasis Palms Drive Friday afternoon.

According to preliminary information, the baby's grandmother was at home but may have been napping.

Deputies say when the baby's 12-year-old sister came home from school around 3:45 p.m., she found the him unresponsive on a mattress.

He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.

As of 7 p.m., investigators told ABC Action News they are trying to determine if the boy fell between a mattress and headboard and died as a result, or if the grandmother accidentally rolled over on him while she napped.

They added that they do not suspect foul play.

Duc Trinh, the father of the boy, declined to comment on camera but did say the family is very upset.

Neighbors say the Trinh family is very tight knit and that three generations live in the Town N' Country home.

A next door neighbor said the baby's father was always seen walking the boy in a stroller.  The neighbor, who declined to provide his name, said the family was very close and loved the children.

However, at least one neighbor told ABC Action News, this is not the first time the grandparents have fallen asleep while caring for the children.

"The grandparents would sometimes fall asleep," said Lori Bodanza. 

"I used to pick up their granddaughter some days when my son would get off the bus and it would be raining.  Didn't understand why nobody was there for her."

The family has lived on the block for about a decade. 

Neighbor Barbara Lopez described the family as quiet and very private.

"I had no idea there was a baby at the house," said Lopez.

Lopez added that this is a very emotional time for the family-oriented community where kids are often seen playing in yards.

"It is a little sad to hear that a young life has been lost and we don't know what happened," Lopez explained.

 

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