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Authorities probe newborn's death in Butterfield

  • Associated Press
  • July 27, 2014 - 10:50 AM

BUTTERFIELD, Minn. — Watonwan County authorities said Sunday that they are investigating the death of a newborn and that a 14-year-old girl at the home had been hospitalized for reasons they didn't disclose.

Chief Deputy Jeremy Nachreiner said the sheriff's office got a call at 5:45 p.m. Friday about an unresponsive newborn in the southern Minnesota city of Butterfield. The Watonwan County medical examiner pronounced the baby girl dead at the scene, he said. The body was taken to the Ramsey County medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

The 14-year-old girl was taken from the same lower-level duplex apartment to a hospital in St. James, then transferred to a hospital in Mankato. He said her condition was not life-threatening.

Nachreiner said investigators were still trying to determine Sunday if the girl is the mother, but the investigation has been complicated by a language barrier because the people at the residence were all Spanish speakers. He said the sheriff's office asked the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for assistance. He said no arrests had been made, and the teenager hadn't been deemed a suspect.

"The public is not at any risk or danger," he said. "We're still just trying to determine what took place at that residence."

The chief deputy said additional information may be available Monday afternoon.

Butterfield is a community of about 580 people, about 45 miles southwest of Mankato.

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