NEWARK - An infant died Thursday after being stricken at a
downtown office of the state child welfare agency, police said. The month-old
boy, who has been in foster care since birth, had just arrived about noon
at an office of the state Division of Youth and Family Services from a doctor's
visit. He had received immunizations at the doctor's office, said DYFS spokesman
"When the aide arrived to bring the baby upstairs, he
noticed he was having trouble breathing and there was blood in his nose,"
The aide brought the child to the office nurse, who began
resuscitation efforts while emergency medical workers were called. The baby
was pronounced dead at 12:46 p.m., Williams said.
"It appears the baby had a reaction to an immunization,"
An autopsy is to be done to determine the cause of death,
The child, whose name was not released, was placed in foster
care immediately after being born Sept. 16, Williams said.
The foster mother had taken the infant to the doctor's. After
the visit, a DYFS driver took the boy to the DYFS office, where the infant
was scheduled to have a supervised visit with his natural mother, Williams
Bereavement counseling is being offered, Williams said.
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