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Juvenile suspect in custody, charged with murder of Letcher County, Ky. infant

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Friday, June 6, 2014, turned into a day of unfathomable tragedy for one Letcher County, Ky. family. Kentucky State Police (KSP) responded to a call regarding a missing infant at approximately 5:16 a.m. Upon law enforcement’s arrival at the scene, a home located within the Neon community on Turner Drive, one trooper began to question family members while the others initiated the search for the missing baby.

After searching the area surround the home, sadly, at roughly 6:40 a.m., troopers located the unresponsive infant over an embankment behind the house. Troopers immediately contacted the Letcher County Coroner, who subsequently pronounced the child dead at the scene. This outcome is, undoubtedly, every parent’s worst fear.

Detectives from Hazard, Ky.’s KSP Post 13 were called to the scene following the discovery of the baby’s lifeless body, where they began their investigation into the child’s death. Shortly afterward, their investigation led them to a juvenile suspect, whose name and age have not yet been released. The juvenile in question has, as of June 6, 2014, been arrested on murder charges and transported to the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center.

One comment on Lexington, Ky.’s WKYT News website, which also featured the story, alleged that the suspect may have been the infant’s 17-year-old uncle. However, as stated above, authorities have not released the identity of the suspect at this time. The infant’s identity has been withheld thus far as well. The child’s body will be transported to the Ky. State Medical Examiner for autopsy. If the suspect is indeed 17, the juvenile may find him/herself facing the much harsher consequences of being tried as an adult.

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