University of Illinois Police investigate death of newborn baby

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CHAMPAIGN - University of Illinois Police say they are investigating the death of a newborn baby who was discovered on Sunday evening.

U of I Police say officers were dispatched to Bousfield Hall on the university's campus at about 5:08 p.m. to check on a student who was reported to have been in the bathroom for several hours.  Upon arriving, officers spoke with the student, who said she had the stomach flu, and did not need further assistance.

However, U of I Police officers say they later spoke with someone familiar with the situation, and returned to Bousfield Hall at 7:22 p.m. to investigate further.  Officers say they found evidence indicating that a child may have been born in the bathroom earlier that afternoon.

Authorities say officers located the student at 8:09 p.m., and brought her to the University of Illinois Public Safety Building.  Officers say the student told police that she had given birth earlier in the day.  U of I Police say they discovered a deceased baby boy in the student's backpack.

"Immediately, the child, which unfortunately turned out to be deceased, and the mother ... we took them both to the hospital to make sure they got the medical attention they needed," said police spokesman Patrick Wade.

U of I Police Investigators are working with the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office and Champaign County Coroner to collect all information and determine how to proceed.  Authorities say decisions on criminal charges have yet to be made, pending the results of a Tuesday autopsy.

The Champaign County Coroner's Office says the infant was pronounced dead at 9:08 p.m.  Coroner Duane Northrup says the autopsy was performed Tuesday afternoon, and that preliminary results are pending further studies and toxicology.

Authorities continue to investigate this incident.  If you have any information, you are asked to call the U of I Police Department at (217) 333-1216.

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