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Opelika Police investigate baby death

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OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -   A baby girl has passed away after living for only 47 days and officials are working to find out why and how her life was cut so short.

Police say the baby's mother had an appointment at the OB/GYN Clinic in Opelika Monday afternoon and took the infant with her.

During that appointment, the Lee County Coroner tells WTVM the doctor noticed something wasn't quite right with the six-week-old baby and rushed her across the street in his personal car to the East Alabama Medical Center.

"It is our understanding that the child was brought to the emergency room by a doctor from the OB/GYN Clinic in Opelika. The child exhibited signs of coughing and congestion. While being treated, the infant died while in the doctor's care," said Captain Allan Elkins, with the Opelika Police Department.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris says the baby's condition continued to decline once she arrived at the Medical Center.

Harris says an emergency flight crew was getting ready to airlift the infant to Birmingham Children's Hospital when she went into cardiac arrest and passed away.

At this point, authorities do not suspect foul play but they are still calling it a death investigation.

The coroner says preliminary autopsy results show no signs of injury, neglect or abuse.

However, a cause of death is still pending toxicology testing.

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