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No arrest in infant day care death, investigation ongoing

A week after an infant reportedly died at a rural Mitchell day care facility, no arrest has been made, but the death remains under scrutiny. "The investigation is still ongoing," said Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for the South Dakota Division of Cr...

Brooklyn Howard
Brooklyn Howard

A week after an infant reportedly died at a rural Mitchell day care facility, no arrest has been made, but the death remains under scrutiny.

"The investigation is still ongoing," said Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

Brooklyn Kennedy Howard, the daughter of Amy Ruml and Donny Howard, died June 19 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital. She was 3 months old.

The infant was at a day care facility when, according to a police log, Mitchell police officers responded to a "death/coroner call" and a "medical emergency" in the 700 block of West Spruce Street, where a home day care appears to be located, at 3:22 p.m.

However, Howard's death reportedly occurred at the hospital, according to her obituary and a release from the South Dakota Attorney General's Office.

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An autopsy was performed last week before the body was released to the family for a funeral that was held Saturday.

The DCI is in charge of the investigation, Rabern said, with assistance from the Davison County Sheriff's Office and the Mitchell Police Division.

She said no one was in custody, but the infant's death remains suspicious.

"Just the circumstances surrounding it" created a need for an investigation, Rabern said. She declined to offer any specifics, but said more details should be released by the end of the week.

A family member said they did not care to comment.

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