Authorities are investigating the death of a 10-week-old who suffered from a skull fracture and other injuries.
An autopsy revealed the baby had brain damage from a skull fracture. In addition, the child had broken bones and contusions.
A neighbor told KCTV5 that the mother desperately sought help after the child stopped breathing.
Lafayette County sheriff's deputies responded about 6:30 p.m. Friday to a home on Linn Road near Highway Z near Bates City in the southwestern of the county. The call was for an unresponsive infant experiencing shortness of breath.
The infant was rushed to a Blue Springs hospital and then transported to Children's Mercy Hospital. The baby died Monday.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner officer performed the autopsy.
No charges have been filed, and the investigation continues, authorities said.
The mother and the baby apparently lived with her parents.
Dustin Jackson said he was outside last Friday talking to the grandfather when his daughter came running out of the house.
"She was screaming her baby wasn't breathing and she was all frantic and scared," Jackson recalled. "He ran over there and gave the baby CPR."
Jackson said he is devastated by the tragedy. He said his neighbors are devoted grandparents and would never hurt their grandchildren.
"I just feel bad that such a bad thing can happen to such a nice family," he said. "They are always outside playing with kids, playing ball."
He said he believes the abuse happened at another location by the hands of someone else.
"You know everybody out there is going to see the bits and pieces, but people need to know the whole story," Jackson said. "It's not something that anybody in that house done. The baby come over to them and it was something that apparently had already been done."
The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office declined to answer any questions about the child's death or discuss possible suspects or arrests.
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