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Police probe baby's death

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Grayson County investigators await results of medical examiner's report.

By Landmark News Service

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a 1-month, 18-day-old baby who died last Friday.
Sheriff Richard Vaughan said 911 dispatchers received a call at 10:57 a.m. about a baby that was unresponsive.
Two members of the sheriff’s department, Deputy Rhonda Halsey and Investigator Todd Perkins, arrived at the mobile home at 4834 Old Bridle Creek Road a short time later. A family member was performing CPR and Halsey took over.
The Independence Volunteer Rescue Squad arrived at 11:23 a.m., took over CPR and transported the baby — identified by Vaughan as Caidance Adare Skoski — to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. She died a short time after arriving at the hospital.
Vaughan said the baby’s mother, Jessica Billings, told officers that her daughter was sleeping in a crib beside her bed when she began to fuss about 7 a.m. She laid the baby on her chest.
When she woke up later, she found the baby unresponsive.
Vaughan said the baby had no signs of trauma.
Officers were allowed to search the residence and some items were removed.
An autopsy was performed on the baby Saturday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke. Vaughan said Monday that results of the autopsy had not been received to determine the cause of death.
The investigation is being conducted by Perkins, Halsey, Vaughan and Lt. Tim Sawyer.