Police investigating baby’s death at Fraser motel

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 12, 2019

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FRASER — An investigation is ongoing after a three-month-old baby boy was found unresponsive at a local motel and was later pronounced dead.

On April 12, Fraser Public Safety Director Mike Pettyes confirmed that the child, whose name was withheld pending further investigation, was originally found unresponsive April 9 at Starlite Motel, 31420 Groesbeck Highway in Fraser.

Pettyes said officers from his department went to the motel after dispatch received a 911 call from the Starlite manager at about 11:30 p.m. that night. Dispatch conveyed that a baby was not breathing.

The boy’s father was reportedly provided with CPR instructions on the phone while officers arrived on the scene. An ambulance transported the baby to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

At press time, an autopsy had been conducted, but the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office was still conducting further tests to determine the cause of death. Pettyes estimated one- to two-week timeline for definitive results, at which point any charges would be determined.

The father and mother of the child — both Fraser residents in their early 30s — were brought into the Public Safety Department for questioning April 9. They were questioned for about two days before being released April 11.

“We finished questioning them, we have a time constraint and can’t just hold people,” Pettyes said. “We have further investigation we want to continue. We didn’t want to rush to judgement and wanted to get all the information and present it to the (Macomb) Prosecutor’s Office to make a better decision.”

The couple in question, who aren’t married, were referred to as “long-term renters” at the motel, where staff and management were familiar with them. Employees at the motel have cooperated with the ongoing investigation.