Police investigate death of 9-month-old Harlan County girl

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comSeptember 29, 2012 

Police and a deputy coroner in Harlan County were investigating the death of a 9-month-old girl. She died Friday night.

The child was pronounced dead at a modular home on Ky. 160 outside Cumberland, where she and her mother were visiting, Harlan Deputy Coroner James W. Rich Jr. said Saturday.

Rich said a cause and manner of death had not been determined. but a possible cause was carbon monoxide poisoning because "they had a gas generator close to the home and it was providing electricity."

An autopsy was to be performed Saturday in Frankfort.

A press release from Kentucky State Police at Harlan said a death investigation is continuing. The press release said police responded to a 911 call of a child not breathing. While emergency officials were on the phone with the caller, the grandfather of the caller, a certified emergency medical technician, arrived and took over performing CPR.

Rich, reached at his home Saturday, said he did not have documents on hand which contained the correct spelling of the child's name.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859)231-3409. Twitter:@vhspears

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