Kent police are investigating the death of an unborn baby who was killed in an apparent suicide attempt by the mother, authorities said Wednesday.
Officers responding late Sunday to reports of a suicidal person in the 10800 block of Southeast 238th Street in Kent found a 34-year-old pregnant woman with significant burns, police spokeswoman Melanie Robinson said.
The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where the baby was delivered but died about two hours later.
She was “very close to full term,” Robinson said of the woman, who remained in critical condition.
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The baby died from prenatal asphyxia due to maternal thermal burns, according to a King County Medical Examiner’s Office report released Tuesday.
Medical investigators ruled the baby’s death a homicide.
“It is early on the investigation, and it is not quite clear if any charges will be brought against” the woman, Robinson said.