JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The body of a Jonesboro infant has been sent to the state crime lab after it was discovered dead in bed with his father.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jonesboro police and rescue crews were dispatched to a home in the 300-block of Bridge Street.
A witness told officers he had just pulled into the driveway to return an air tank when he heard a woman inside the home screaming.
The man ran into the home and saw the woman trying to awaken the 40-year-old father who was asleep on the bed with the infant.
The witness said the baby was not breathing.
According to the initial police report, the man ran outside and yelled for help.
A neighbor ran to the house and also found the baby unresponsive.
The neighbor reportedly told police the baby had "white stuff" coming from his mouth.
The man said he tried to clear the baby's airway with his fingers, then performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
The baby was taken to the St. Bernards emergency room.
Hospital workers said the baby's eyes were dilated when he arrived.
They added he was "never responsive" at the hospital.
The baby's 24-year-old mother told detectives she had placed her son in bed with his father before she and her sister went to a friend's house.
She said the child's father was still asleep when she returned a short time later and found the baby unresponsive.
The father reportedly told police he was awakened by the mother's screams.
The baby's body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock to determine cause of death.