Iowa City Police investigate local infant's death

BY DI STAFF | MAY 03, 2012 6:30 AM

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According to an Iowa City police press release, on April 30 at 12:06 p.m., the police, the Iowa City Fire Department, and the Johnson County Ambulance Service responded to 2018 Waterfront Dr. #120 after a 911 call reported a baby with difficulty breathing.

The child has been identified as 20-month-old Marcus Balderas, who was pronounced dead after being taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for breathing problems, the release said.

According to the release, a preliminary autopsy has been conducted, but the results are not yet available, and the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

The death is being treated as suspicious, and the Iowa City police, the state Division of Criminal investigation, the state Department of Human Services, and the Johnson County Attorney's Office are conducting a joint investigation on the death of the baby.

— by Jordyn Reiland

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