Ocala, Florida — At approximately 2:39 a.m., Ocala Police responded to Parkside Garden Apartments, located at 621 Northwest 2nd Street, in reference to an unresponsive baby.
According to reports, when police arrived they found 3-month-old Taliya Richardson unresponsive. Police performed CPR on the child until EMS could arrive and transport Richardson to Munroe Regional Medical Center.
Richardson’s mother, Tyecka Evans, 28, told police that she had been in the living room and awoke to find that her baby was not breathing. The mother stated that her baby had crawled over a pillow and put her face into a plastic bag.
According to reports, Evans called her aunt and told her that “something was wrong with the baby and she (her aunt) needed to come right away.”
The aunt stated that when she arrived, the baby was not breathing, so she started CPR. She said that Evans had already called 911, but she told Evans to call a second time.
The aunt also told police that there was blood on the baby’s face when she arrived at the apartment.
Baby Richardson was pronounced deceased at 3:06 a.m.
The Department of Children and Families was notified due to other children being in the home. Child protection investigators arrived a short time later.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
No further information is available at this time.
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The investigation is ongoing.