Grant County coroner rules infant’s death a homicide


GRANT COUNTY, Ind. — The Grant County coroner has ruled the death of a 2-month-old infant as a homicide.

On December 24, Gas City police were called to an apartment unit in the 200 block of West South J. Street for a report of a male infant not breathing.

Investigators say Robert Kirkland Jr. told them he woke up and found his child, Atlas Kirkland, was not breathing.

Police immediately administered CPR on the boy but he was declared dead shortly later by Marion General Hospital personnel on scene.

Detectives have not released any information about an arrest and say the investigation is ongoing.

Robert Morris Kirkland Jr. is listed as an inmate at the Grant County Jail. Online records show he was arrested on December 31 for domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury and neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.

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