MPD: 5-month old found dead in Whitehaven

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department is investigating after a baby was found dead in Whitehaven.

The 5-month-old was found in the 4700 block of Leonard Road just before 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police have released little official information. For now, they are simply calling it an ongoing death investigation and said it's unclear if anyone will be charged in the baby's death.

Witness Lajuanda Sawyer said that a mother came screaming out of her house, yelling for help because her baby wasn't breathing.

Sawyer attempted to perform CPR on the baby, whose body she said was already stiff, but it was to no avail.

"Oh, Lord! Tragedy. I got a 5-month-old baby in my arms," Sawyer said. "Lord have mercy. I did CPR on this baby and did CPR on this baby. This baby is just precious. And the way this baby left this world, the baby shouldn't have left this world."

Sawyer said she had medical training and she believes the baby had died hours before.

The mother was seen taken away in the back of a police cruiser, but so far MPD has not clarified if she was arrested or just taken in for questioning.

The cause of death is still unknown.

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