Infant’s death remains under investigation

The death of a 3-month-old Clinton baby who was killed in October remains under investigation.

According to Island County Sheriff Mike Hawley, the sheriff’s office has narrowed the investigation to one “person of interest.” Though he refused to discuss the ongoing investigation or name the particular person of interest, Hawley said he hopes to soon discover why the infant, Sean Douglas Reeves-Hudson, died.

“It’s still under investigation,” he said.

At about 8 a.m. Oct. 15, emergency personnel were called to a Clinton residence. The father of the baby, 24-year-old Tony Douglas Reeves, had called 911 to report his infant son was not breathing. The baby is also the son of Ashley Diane Hudson, 20, who also lives in Clinton. According to Hawley, Reeves had been staying at his mother’s residence on Lakeshore Drive when the death occurred.

According to the baby’s autopsy results, Island County Coroner Robert Bishop said the baby’s cause of death was a skull fracture due to blunt force trauma. He said the trauma had occurred approximately one day before the infant’s death.

Bishop said because of the manner in which the baby died, he classified the death as a homicide — which means he died at the hands of another. However, he said this does not necessarily mean the person who caused the injury intended to kill. Bishop said the infant had not died naturally, nor due to an accident.

Bishop said laboratory toxicology results have been returned which can help investigators to pinpoint the time and cause of the infant’s death. Other than cold medicine given to the baby to treat an illness, no substances or alcohol were found in the infant’s system.

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