Note: This story appears in the Tuesday, Dec. 4 newspaper on Page A1.

First responders tried unsuccessfully to revive an unresponsive infant Sunday morning, according to Athens police.

Police responded to Hope Drive at 8:25 a.m. to assist Athens County Emergency Medical Services with the infant.

“...Attempts at life-saving actions were unsuccessful,” according to a brief statement issued by police Monday afternoon. “The investigation is active and ongoing.”

The Messenger contacted Athens County Coroner Carl Ortman after receiving the police statement. Ortman said he’d just received a verbal report from the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office that no signs of trauma were found during an autopsy of the infant, who was about 6 months old.

Ortman said the autopsy results are “suggestive” of sleep overlay. He explained that sleep overlay is when the oxygen supply to an infant is restricted due to the sleeping environment.

He said a coroner’s verdict on the death will be issued after toxicology results from the autopsy are known.

srobb@athensmessenger.com; Twitter @SteveRmessenger

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