Master Trooper Joe Veeneman
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 8, Morehead
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Death Investigation Elliott County
Date of News Release: 12/28/2011
(Morehead, Ky.) -- On Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 12:17 p.m. Kentucky State Police Morehead received a call from Morgan County ARH requesting we respond to the hospital in reference to a deceased 4 month old infant boy. Detective Donnie McGraw and Trooper Royce Collett responded. The infant's father Rodney McDowell stated that he had laid his son down on his bed to go check on his other child in a separate room, Mr. McDowell stated he returned no longer than three minutes later to find his infant son caught between the mattress, headboard and wall with a sheet over his head unresponsive. Morgan County Coroner Raymond Vancleve responded to Morgan County ARH and pronounced the infant deceased at 12:15 p.m. at this time incident appears to be accidental pending the results of the autopsy. Incident remains under investigation by Detective Donnie McGraw.