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UPDATE: Sheriff's Office Investigating Death of Baby

No charges have been filed in the baby's death, but a family member was arrested on unrelated charges.

UPDATE (4:00 p.m.): According to a Sheriff's Office press release, deputies responded to a home of Alex Street (not Wooten Drive, as originally reported) on Monday morning after receiving a 911 call stating that a three-week-old baby girl was not breathing.

Deputies performed CPR on the girl, before transporting her to Northside Hospital-Cherokee, where she was pronounced dead.

The child was being cared for by a family member at the time of her death, while her parents were in the home at the time. Detectives are investigating the death, but the press release states that the baby's death could have been caused by co-sleeping and an accidental smothering.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a baby in a Cherokee County home Monday morning.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker confirmed that deputies are investigating the circumstances that lead to the baby's death. An autopsy and toxicology screen will be performed on the baby today.

"Hopefully the autopsy will give detectives  more clues into the death of the child," Lt. Baker wrote in an e-mail to Patch.

A person who is a family member of the deceased was arrested in the home on Wooten Drive where the baby died, but authorities say the charges are unrelated. According to Lt. Baker, the person, who is not a parent of the baby, was arrested on outstanding warrants.

So far, no charges have been filed in the case.

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