FORT PIERCE, Fla. —
Police have identified the baby who died Tuesday in a West Palm Beach hospital as 5-month-old Aiden Leslie.
Fort Pierce police said the boy’s family brought him from his home in the 400 block of North 15th St to the hospital around 10:30 Sunday night because he was unresponsive. From there, he was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center. He died Tuesday afternoon.
“Do you have any idea what happened to this child, why the child was unresponsive?” WPBF 25 News Reporter Ari Hait asked Ed Cunningham of the Fort Pierce police department.
“We don’t know yet,” Cunningham said. “That’s what we have to now determine by doing an investigation.”
The Department of Children and Families is also investigating the boy’s death.
DCF released a statement Tuesday night expressing condolences and also indicating they’ve dealt with this boy and his family before.
The statement reads, in part, “As the family is familiar to the child welfare system, a thorough quality assurance review will be conducted to review all prior interaction.”
That statement is very similar to the one DCF issued after 11-month-old Kalobe Williams died in Boynton Beach in December. DCF also had interactions with Kalobe’s family before he died.
In Fort Pierce, neighbors were wondering what happened.
“It’s always sad to hear when a child passes away,” said Sonia Williams, who leaves two doors away.
Williams said she knew something was wrong when she saw police at the boy’s home late Sunday night.
“I just heard a bunch of yelling and then I saw one cop there for about an hour and then a little bit after that, I guess they called for backup,” she said.
So far, police have not made any arrests and they said they don’t know if there will ever be an arrest.
“Right now, we don’t have any suspects,” Cunningham said. “We have to first determine if this is a crime.”
Cunningham said that means first determining how the baby died.
Police would not say whether there were any visible bruises on the boy.
They said, at this point, it’s not clear if this was murder or just an accident.