UPDATE 3/26 (12:30 p.m.) — The infant found dead on Okaloosa Island Wednesday was shot, investigators revealed on Thursday.
The following is an updated news release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office:
A thirty year old Fort Walton Beach woman suspected of killing her infant son yesterday remains in stable condition at a local hospital following what Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators believe was a murder/suicide attempt. An autopsy today revealed the five month old had been shot once in the torso area. The mother suffered an apparent selfinflicted gunshot wound. A crew of workers discovered her bleeding on the ground yesterday morning outside her pickup truck, which was in the parking lot of The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island at 1450 Miracle Strip Parkway. Deputies who arrived found the infant inside the truck. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation remains active and identities will be revealed at a later time.
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — UPDATE 03/25/2020 1:32pm: The following is a press release on the investigation from The Okaloosa County Sheriffs Office Wednesday afternoon.
INFANT DIES IN MURDER/ATTEMPTED SUICIDE ON OKALOOSA ISLAND
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a five month old in an early morning murder and attempted suicide this morning. Deputies were called to the parking lot of The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island around 8:30 a.m. by a crew of workers. The baby boy was found deceased in a pick-up truck. An autopsy is being scheduled. The infant’s mother, a local resident, is undergoing medical treatment for her injury. Additional information will be released at a later time.
UPDATE 03/25/2020 1:23 pm:
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has announced it is investigating the child’s death as a domestic-violence related homicide and attempted suicide that took place this morning in a parking lot on Okaloosa Island.
Deputies were called to The Boardwalk parking lot around 7:30 a.m. by a crew of workers, according to the sheriff’s office.
A 5-month-old infant was found deceased in a pick-up truck.
His mother, a local resident, is currently undergoing medical treatment. An autopsy is being scheduled for the baby.
The sheriff’s office will have additional information at a later time.
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — Original story:
Deputies are investigating the death of a child on Okaloosa Island. According to the sheriff’s office, workers discovered the child in a truck in the parking lot of The Boardwalk Wednesday morning. Deputies have not said how the child died.
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