Police say the boy died back in November and investigators are now involved because it was discovered the boy died of a traumatic brain injury.
Eugene Police say the boy died from a head trauma, most frequently known as Shaken Baby Syndrome. Now, the medical examiner’s office is awaiting toxicology results to see if any medications or chemical substances contributed to the death.
Police say the 4-month-old boy died on Nov. 13 of last year after someone in the home called 9-1-1 due to a medical emergency. The baby was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, but doctors were unable to revive him.
This was not being investigated as a criminal investigation until further tests on the baby showed he died from a brain injury. EPD says it could have been accidental or it may not have been, but the department is investigating this situation as a homicide.
The child lived with his 24-year-old mother and her 27-year-old boyfriend in south Eugene before his death.
The medical examiner’s office says there is no timeline for how long it will take for the toxicology test results to be complete and that each investigation is handled differently.