AUTOPSY: No Cause Of Death In Baby Case

An autopsy says there was no evidence of trauma involved in the death of a 3-month old child from Jacksonville, a child who's mother was charged with manslaughter.

Apex police charged Nicole Richards with involuntary manslaughter for the death of her daughter, Autumn rose Naimi on October 11th. Police said the mother was visiting a friend at an Apex apartment and had put the child down to sleep.

The autopsy, obtained by WITN News, says the Chief Medical Examiner's Office cannot determine the exact cause of death, but said it may be a case of sudden infant death syndrome.

The Chief Medical Examiner's Office says the baby was born premature at 33 weeks, with the infant hospitalized for a month after birth.

There is no immediate word on what prosecutors plan to do on the charges against the mother.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    my husband lost a child to SIDS from his first marriage...his son would be 24 now, and the bad memories are still with him...my heart goes out to this mother...its a shame that the world has gotten so bad, that she was automatically accused of being the cause of the child's death...it seems that the law is more out to prosecute the innocent than the ones that really need to be prosecuted...sympathies to the mother and family...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    If there is no evidence, why is she being charged? I could not imagine losing my child to something like SIDS! I have obsessively worried about it since my daughter was born, she is now 9 months and I still check to make sure she is okay while she is sleeping! My heart goes out to this mother (if she is innocent) and Lindsay!!!
  • by Lindsay Location: Greenville on Dec 16, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    I can't imagine how horrified she must be. My husband and I lost our 4 month old son to SIDS; the pain is hard enough without being accused of a crime. SIDS is so mysterious and was our biggest fear. I hate that SIDS exists and takes precious babies with no warning, leaving questions and even accusations, in some cases, behind. God be with her and her family.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    What a sad situation, I would sue them for charging me and defacing my character. I could not imagine how hard this could be on a mother, if she did no harm to her child. The courts will try to prosecute the innocent and let the guilty go, how damn stupid are they?
  • by greenville mom Location: greenville on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    If it is SIDS, my heart goes out to this mother. My baby is 13 months old and I am STILL scared to death of SIDS. It was my biggest fear his whole 1st year, and I still won't let him sleep with a blanket or anything in his crib. He sleeps in footie PJ's and sleep sacks. I can only imagine that losing a baby to SIDS is a tragedy you can never overcome. My thoughts and prayers are with this family.
  • by Jeffrey Location: Williamston on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:21 AM
    Sounds to me like she didn't do anything wrong. All she did was put the baby down? And they are estimating it was a SID? She is innocent until proven guilty and obviously she hasn't been proven guilty yet. Charges dropped...?
  • by Ann Location: Pitt County on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    Poor Mom. To have your baby die and you know that you had not done anything wrong and then to be accused of it. How horrible. Rest in peace little one. Thoughts and Prayers to Mom.
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