Preliminary autopsy findings failed on Monday to identify a cause of the death of a five-month-old baby boy, so the investigation by Carthage police continues and it could be several weeks before there's a conclusion.

Preliminary autopsy findings failed on Monday to identify a cause of the death of a five-month-old baby boy, so the investigation by Carthage police continues and it could be several weeks before there's a conclusion.
Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan said Monday's autopsy failed to determine whether the child's death was a terrible accident or whether a crime had been committed.
“Usually preliminary autopsy results can show something about the cause,” Dagnan said. “In this case, the pathologists said the findings were inconclusive, so we will continue to investigate until toxicology results come back.”
Dagnan said generally toxicology tests take several weeks to be concluded.
The boy was found by Carthage police ane EMS workers when they were called to an apartment in the Deerfield Village complex, 615 E. Airport Drive.
Carthage Community Policing Officer Chad Dininger said the call Sunday came in shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday as a five-month-old male child not conscious and not breathing.
“Upon arrival, officers and EMS confirmed that the child was deceased,” Dininger said in a written release. “Carthage Police Investigators with the assistance of Missouri State Highway Patrol are currently in an open investigation into the death of the child. No arrests have been made and an autopsy has been scheduled to assist in the investigation.”
Dininger had said he hoped the autopsy would give quick results, but that didn't happen.
“Usually we get some preliminary results from an autopsy pretty quick and those will go a long way to determining which direction the investigation goes, and whether it continues at all,” Dininger said. “We're not releasing the names of the child or the family to prevent any accusations until we determine whether to continue the investigation or whether any criminal charges will be filed.”