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Rock Island Investigating Death of 4 Month Old


Two people are behind bars tonight in connection with the death of a 4 month old.

Lavail Dunbar, 20 and Leila Martin, 18 are both charged with first degree murder and aggravated battery of a child.

The child, Jeremiah Morrison was taken to Trinity Unity Point Health Care Center early Wednesday morning - when he was pronounced dead.

The Rock Island County Coroner tells us the cause of death is multiple traumas to the head.

And hospital workers tell us that when any child comes into the hospital with injuries - their radars go up.

"Anytime we do have any child that comes into the department, we always have a level of suspicion for the parent or the care giver or the person who brought that child in," says John Carslake.

He's the Nurse Manager at Rock Island Trinity Emergency Room.

He says with child injuries, doctors and nurses have to start investigating right away.

Especially if it looks like the kid has been abused.

"We wait, we listen to the story," says Carslake. "Does it make sense to the injuries of the child. If the don't coincide with each other, our suspicion goes up."

And if that happens - all doctors and nurses are required to contact the police and DCFS.

But their responsibilities don't stop there.

"If we feel as doctors and nurses that the child can't go home safely, we'll make sure that the police know that we don't feel that environment is safe for the child."


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