Two unrelated baby deaths ruled homicides

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 7, 2014)— The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the deaths of two babies this week.

Authorities say they are investigating the deaths as homicides.

Saturday, officers responded to a unit in the Berkley Commons Apartments, near Stop 11 Road and Madison Avenue, in reference to a “child not waking up.” According to the police report, officers arrived to find the baby’s aunt performing CPR on the unresponsive 4-month-old girl.

The girl, later identified as Montserrat Flores, was taken to St. Francis South Hospital and later transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Flores was pronounced dead Sunday due to blunt force trauma to the head. The Marion County Coroners Office said the manner of her death was homicide.

"These are some of the worst cases to investigate for an officer or for detectives, and I'm sure medical doctors and the Coroner's office," said IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey.

Officers responded to another baby’s death in the 3200 block of Fisher Road on Sunday afternoon. Emergency crews attempted to revive the unresponsive child before the 1-year-old girl was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

The cause of death for 1-year-old Harper Fowler was determined to be acute subdural hemorrhage, resulting from head injuries. Her death was also ruled a homicide.

The little girl has a twin sister who was not injured.

A police incident report indicates detectives were looking for a 27-year-old man who lives in Bloomington.

No arrests have been announced in either case.

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