DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(053118) – ODESSA POLICE INVESTIGATING DECEASED INFANT

ODESSA, TEXAS. THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 – ON THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018 AT APPROXIMATLEY 8:19AM, ODESSA POLICE RESPONDED TO THE 800 BLOCK OF EAST 16TH STREET IN REFERENCE TO A MEDICAL CALL. DISPATCH ADVISED THAT A 3 MONTH-OLD MALE WAS UNCONSCIOUS AND NOT BREATHING. (STEVE LeSUEUR, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT) “A 3 MONTH-OLD MALE WAS TRANSPORTED TO MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL AND LATER PRONOUNCED DECEASED BY MEDIAL PERSONNEL.” JOSHUA STEPHENS, JR. WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018. A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER DID SAY THAT JOSHUA HAD RESPITORY ISSUES AND HAD RECENTLY BEEN AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL POBBIBLY ODESSA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. (BISHOP STRAUSS McCREARY, GREAT UNCLE OF 3-MONTH-OLD JOSHUA STEPHENS, JR.) “THE FAMILY SAID THAT THE BABY WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST, HE SAID ‘ROUND ABOUT 8 O’CLOCK THIS MORNING, AND UH, SOON AFTER THAT THE BABY EXPIRED.” THE GREAT, GREAT UNCLE, OF JOSHUA STEPHENS JR., SAID THAT THE FAMILY HAD BEEN FACING TRAGEDY SINCE 2014. (BISHOP STRAUSS McCREARY, GREAT UNCLE OF 3-MONTH-OLD JOSHUA STEPHENS, JR.) “MY HOPE IS THAT, EVERYBODY WOULD RALLY AROUND THIS FAMILY. HELP THEM GET THROUGH THIS TIME.” THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION UNIT RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AND A SEARCH WARRANT WAS OBTAINED FOR INVESTIGATIVE PUPOSES. APPROXIMATLEY SIX FAMILY MEMBERS LIVE IN THIS SMALL HOME AT THE 800 BLOCK OF EAST 16TH STREET. (BISHOP STRAUSS McCREARY, GREAT UNCLE OF 3-MONTH-OLD JOSHUA STEPHENS, JR.) “THERE’S GOING TO BE A BLAME GAME GOING ON FOR A WHILE, EVERYBODY IS GONNA BLAME EVERYBODY, BUT THAT THIS FAMILY MIGHT BE ABLE TO FIND COMFORT, EVEN IN THE MIST OF THIS TRAGEDY RIGHT NOW.” THE STEPHENS FAMILY WILL BE LOOKING TO THE COMMUNITY FOR HELP WITH FUNERAL AND BURIAL EXPENSES FOR BABY JOSHUA. “WE’RE GONNA NEED HELP IN FINANCES AND TRYING TO GE THE BABY BURIED AND EVERYTHING ELSE.” POLICE OFFICIALS SAY NO FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED, AND 3-MONTH-OLD JOSHUA STEPHENS JR., WILL BE SENT TO TARRANT COUNTY FOR AN AUTOSPY. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. THIS IS DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS.

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Author: Danny Barrera