Tacoma police investigating death of baby boy

Staff writerApril 22, 2014 

Jayceon Thomas

Tacoma police are investigating the death of an 8-month-old boy who was brought to a hospital April 11 because he stopped breathing. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determined the cause of Jayceon Thomas’s death.

Police classified the baby’s death as a homicide. No arrests have been made and detectives said the investigation is ongoing.

“We have possible suspects and we’re following all the leads,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Jayceon’s father brought him to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital April 11 and doctors called police after noticing signs of abuse. The baby was not with his father when he suffered the injuries that killed him a day later, police said.

His aunt, Tanya Jones, said Jayceon started smiling from the instant he was born and never stopped, even grinning in his sleep.

“I swear, he came out smiling,” she said. “He was just happy.”

The baby’s obituary described him as “so energetic for his age, he was full of life, joyful, loving, strong, playful and always had a big smile and would look up at you with those beautiful eyes.”

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