Infant who died in Olympia last week was sexually abused, police say

Staff writerDecember 20, 2013 

A 5-month-old girl who died Dec. 13 after a caregiver at the Fleetwood Apartments in downtown Olympia called 911 had been sexually abused, according to the Olympia Police Department.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock has identified the deceased infant as Allyiona Hickok. Her cause and manner of death are still undetermined.

Olympia police and emergency personnel responded to the Fleetwood Apartments, in the 100 block of 7th Avenue SE, about 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, on a report of an infant who was not breathing.

The caregiver reported that the infant had been napping, and when she checked on her, she was unresponsive. The caregiver then called 911. The baby died before the ambulance arrived at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Warnock has said.

It is too early to tell whether the infant's sexual abuse contributed to her death, and that is why her death has not yet been classified as a homicide, OPD spokeswoman Laura Wohl said. Wohl said Friday that the infant's death is at this time, "unexplained."

The baby's death and her sexual assault are under investigation by Olympia police detectives, Wohl said. No suspects have been arrested or detained.

The Fleetwood Apartments, across from Sylvester Park and next to the Greyhound bus station, are low-income housing units, mostly for veterans. They are managed by the Low Income Housing Institute in Seattle. The executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, Sharon Lee, said her organization is doing everything it can to cooperate with police.

"It's awful, absolutely awful," Lee said Friday.

Warnock has said that the deceased infant did not reside there. Lee confirmed that only single persons are allowed to live in the Fleetwood Apartments.

 

 

 

was pronounced dead after being taken by ambulance from the Fleetwood Apartments the night

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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