North Port Police: infant's death under investigation, not dog-related

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NORTH PORT, Fla. -- The North Port Police Department is confirming that the death of a 2-week-old child in North Port last week had nothing to do with dogs in the home.

Police were called to a home in the 3600 block of Lullaby Road in North Port Friday afternoon, where they say the child died.

According to a North Port Police Department report, the parents told authorities that the child, Duane Walsh, had not been feeling well that morning and threw up the formula he was given around 8 a.m.  The parents then said all three went to sleep in the parent's bed and awoke to find that Duane was not breathing.


Speculation that the child was killed by a dog soon began making the rounds after neighbors witnessed several dogs being removed from the home afterward. In an interview with our coverage partners at the North Port Sun, Kristen Walsh says "We just want to stop the ignorant comments, accusations, and speculations. People can be so cruel. My son's loss had nothing to do with anyone or anything. It was most likely SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)."

The investigation is ongoing, pending a report from the medical examiner's office, which may take several weeks.