Mother in kidney failure after premature baby dies

Mother in kidney failure after premature baby dies

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The 21-year-old woman went into labor at her aunt's house. The 21-year-old woman went into labor at her aunt's house.
Mother and child were rushed by ambulance to Morristown-Hamblen Hospital, where the little boy was pronounced dead. Mother and child were rushed by ambulance to Morristown-Hamblen Hospital, where the little boy was pronounced dead.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Police are investigating a Hamblen County mother whose newborn baby was pronounced dead in the emergency room early Thursday morning.

The woman, just 27 weeks pregnant, gave birth at a home in Morristown. Investigators believe drugs were involved.

It was almost midnight on Halloween when the 21-year-old woman went into labor at her aunt's house.

First responders arrived in time to deliver the premature infant, which family members said was not breathing.

Mother and child were rushed by ambulance to Morristown-Hamblen Hospital, where the little boy was pronounced dead.

The mother was then transferred to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where relatives said she was in renal failure. They believe this is what caused her to go into labor early.

Morristown police are calling the young woman a suspect in her son's death and said she used narcotics and sleeping pills.

They are awaiting toxicology results from the mother and child and an autopsy on the baby.

The mother does not have any criminal history in Morristown. Relatives said she also has a three-year-old son.

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