La Vergne police investigate newborn’s death

La Vergne police investigate newborn's death (Image 1)

After receiving a 911 call Wednesday night of a “young woman in distress,” a newborn baby girl’s death is being investigated by the La Vergne Police Department.

Sgt. David Durham, who heads the department’s criminal investigations, told News 2 the unnamed newborn died within minutes of its birth at a home on Old Nashville Highway.

He said a family member of the 27-year-old mother made the “distress call” to police. 

Sgt. Durham indicated it is La Vergne Police Department policy to investigate all deaths as a homicide until the evidence tells detectives otherwise.

He was quick to add that it is much too early to say if any charges might be brought in the case. 

Other circumstances surrounding the death remain unknown but the medical examiner is conducting an autopsy.

Sgt. Durham said autopsies of newborns can take several days or even weeks to complete.

He told News 2 that mother was not married to the newborn’s father.

He said the father was not part of the 911 call, and may not have even known of the woman’s pregnancy. 

Durham added that a police report will not be released until the investigation is complete.  

Neither of the parents’ names was released.

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