SHERIFF: Autopsy Shows No Trauma In Baby's Death

Authorities say an autopsy did not find any trauma on a baby who was found dead Thursday in Pitt County.

Sheriff Mac Manning says a bump on DeMarion Butler's head was actually an abnormality, not a contusion or injury. Manning says the cause of death is still pending, and that they are awaiting toxicology tests on the baby.

Butler, who was just shy of being two months old, died at D&N Edwards Estates off Highway 33.

Parents called 911 around 2:30 p.m. reporting that the baby was not breathing.

The Medical Examiner's Office says no additional details on the autopsy will be released today.


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Pitt County deputies are investigating the death of a baby.

Authorities say parents of the baby, who is almost two months old, called 911 Thursday afternoon. They live in a mobile home at D & N Edwards Estates off Highway 33.

Lt. Karen Kilpatrick says the infant had a lump on its head, and they are not sure yet whether that head injury was intentional or not. Kilpatrick says they are certain that the baby's death was not caused by SIDS.

The Sheriff's Office says an autopsy should determine how the baby died. That autopsy could take place on Friday.


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  • by steph Location: kinston, nc on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:07 PM
    the sad thing about this is that because of the lack of "evidence" the people that are responsible for this will live a life free of conscious! Is this how it should be? no, they should live in hell that they played a part in their daughter's death!In order to forgive, you have to admit what you did! to admit you're part in thias is the ONLY way youcan start to repend!
  • by Labbrat on Jul 15, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    Sheriff Mac Manning says a bump on DeMarion Butler's head was actually an abnormality, not a contusion or injury. This most likely means that the child had birth defects.
  • by amother on Jul 13, 2010 at 09:33 PM
    accidents do happen. i feel for this family. and 2 everyone wanting to blame the parents mayb u should take a look around. babies are dieing everyday from SIDS. just because a baby dies does not mean that its the parents fault. woman give birth to babies everyday some are healthy and some babies die within hours of birth. so from what im reading the parents kill their babies right there at the hospital? NO!!! please everyone stop blameing the parents. have some respect for the family in their time of loss.
  • by DSS worker too Location: ENC on Jul 13, 2010 at 08:55 AM
    I'm not happy either when someone needs help & there is nothing I can do to help them. Then there are some that come in & could work just as well as I can and do get help. They know how to work the system. I agree there needs to be alot of changes done in food stamps and medicaid programs. I think everyone should have to pass a drug test every month before they are issued anything. Most of the clients come in with nicer clothes, nails done, nicer cars and more money than I have, but if they are doing something illegal to earn that money there is know way to prove they are earning anything. I have written governor in the past when I could not help someone who had worked all their life & came down w/cancer & he could no longer work & just because He did'nt have a child under the age of 18 living with him, he was not elgible. He would have to be determined disabled by the state to receive medicaid. Before he was determined disabled he died. Maybe you should all write the congress.
  • by DSS Worker too Location: ENC on Jul 13, 2010 at 08:37 AM
    To everyone here talking crap about the DSS, we have rules we have to follow. We are monitored by the state, we have report cards we have to pass everymonth, our records are audited to find mistakes. We can'nt just give Mediciad to anyone we want. If you want to see the Manuels we have to follow just look on line, they are all there. We don't make up the rules the state does, we just have to follow the rules. I'm sorry if that makes you mad. It makes me mad too!
  • by Pat Location: ENC on Jul 12, 2010 at 03:38 PM
    People are crazy. Not talking about the parents.This comment page is a gossip column.
  • by Bill T. Location: Greenville on Jul 11, 2010 at 07:53 PM
    My sincerest and deepest condolences to the parents , family, and friends of the baby. My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
  • by sadden by the way this family was treated. on Jul 11, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    i feel so bad for this family losing your baby is bad enough and then being treated like criminals makes it worst. i hope the news and sheriffs dept plans tp apoligise for assuming this family harmed the baby. my heart and prayers are with them. as they move on after losing a precious baby whose time here on earth was to short. god needed another angel.
  • by TJ Location: Beaufort Co. on Jul 11, 2010 at 07:59 AM
    What? No apologies? I shouldn't be surprised. Most are so quick to condemn, but few are prepared to admit they were wrong. Next time, wait for all the facts. Guilty until proven innocent isn't right.
  • by VC Location: greenville on Jul 10, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    My heart goes out to this family! People are so quick to judge but this child was in a good home with a good family and much love. Instead of assumtpions this camily need prayer and not your opinions of what happen. God giveth and God taketh away but he never put more on us than we can bear. To the Butler Family we are praying for you and that in your heart you can find closure and know that GOD sits on the throne and he has his arms wrapped around all of you!
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