2013-06-24 / Front Page

No cause determined yet in Bath baby’s death

Times Record Staff


No cause has been determined in the death of a 9- month-old Bath baby who died Friday night after being brought to the hospital with “unexplained” injuries.

Jaelyn Malcolm died Friday night at Maine Medical Center in Portland of unspecified injuries. The incident remains under state police investigation.

Mark Belserene, administrator for the state medical examiner, said this morning an autopsy had been conducted but that further tests are pending.

“It’s going to be a few weeks before we get (results), most likely,” Belserene said.

The mother of the baby made heartbreaking comments on her Facebook page in the aftermath of the tragedy.

“I would do anything to hold my baby girl right now,” Danielle Malcolm of Bath wrote Saturday. “I just want my precious baby girl here with me.”

Malcolm had taken her daughter to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick with unspecified injuries early Thursday morning from their home at 29 Windjammer Way.

She and Benjamin McNeill, 29, brought the infant to the hospital at approximately 4:30 a.m. Friday “as a result of concerns they had for a change in (the baby’s) behaviors,” state police Sgt. Jason Richards said in a news release.

Mid Coast Hospital officials identified the injuries and transferred the baby Friday to Maine Medical Center, Richards said.

All parties are cooperating with the investigation, Richards said.

Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland initially described the infant’s injuries as “serious.”

On Saturday, Malcolm posted an announcement that Jaelyn had died: “My Babies Gone; Mommy Never Left Her Side; Mommy Doesnt Want To Leave Her Now; Now Just Looking For Answers; I Just Wanna Know What Happened To My Precious Baby Girl.”

McCausland said earlier that “there are unexplained injuries to the child. She was in distress.”

Bath Police Chief Michael Field said this morning he knew of no further details on the cause of death or the investigation.

Bath police Detective Dave Beauregard is working with state police on the investigation, Field said. “I don’t know of anything that’s moved forward,” Field said.

Bath police had taken what they called a “suspicious” report from 29 Windjammer Way at 9:59 a.m. Thursday.

Danielle Malcolm posted late Friday afternoon that her baby was on life support, and that doctors had put her in a medically induced coma.

McCausland said Bath and Maine State Police have interviewed Malcolm; her boyfriend, McNeill; and family members to try to determine the circumstances leading up to the baby’s distress.

McNeill lives with Malcolm, who has a 2-year-old son. McNeill is not related to Malcolm’s children.

McCausland said Saturday that no charges had been filed.

Malcolm wrote on her Facebook page Friday that her baby had suffered a stroke that made the left side of her brain swell and bleed.

She wrote that her daughter had been put into a medically induced coma to help the swelling of the brain go down.

“It didn’t help,” she wrote. lgrard@timesrecord.com

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