Pascagoula police are investigating the death of infant girl Thursday as a homicide, Police Chief Kenny Johnson confirmed Friday.
“We are just getting the investigation started,” Johnson said. “It appears the baby had some trauma. We don’t know if it was an accidental or intentional injury at this point so we are treating it as a homicide.”
Officials initially suspected the 3-month-old died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, Johnson said, but the autopsy proved otherwise. She would have been 4 months old Monday.
A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy stopped the father as he was driving to Singing River Hospital on Thursday morning, the police chief said.
The father, Johnson said, apparently told the deputy he was in a rush because “he thought his child was deceased and he was in hurry to see about it.” The baby was not with her father at the time, he said.
The child’s mother is a Pascagoula resident.
“It’s still early on in the investigation,” Johnson added. “We just really don’t have a lot to report right now.”
The case remains under investigation.