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Details scarce in death of 1-year-old found in Emory Parking deck

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Details scarce in death of 1-year-old found in Emory Parking deck


Illustration: A DeKalb County Police vehicle. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Police found a 1-year-old girl dead inside a vehicle at an Emory Parking deck last week.

While a preliminary report has been released, the report and official statements surrounding the case haven’t shed much light on what caused her death.

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According to the report, the girl’s mother dialed 911 from the Emory physician parking deck at 1716 Lower Gate Drive “advising she was having some type of medical emergency.” Emory Police found her in in her white Hyundai Sonata and removed her. The report doesn’t describe the nature of the medical emergency. They then found her 1-year-old daughter, Skylar, in a car seat in the back of the vehicle. The report does not say whether she was dead when officers found her.

“She was also removed from the vehicle but could not be revived,” the report says.

Mark Anglin, chief investigator with the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office, said a cause of death hasn’t been determined.

The mother was taken to Emory Hospital where she was reportedly in stable condition.

DeKalb Police took over the case at the request of Emory Police. It is being investigated by the DeKalb Major Crimes – Homicide Assault Unit, but Police Department spokesperson Lt. Lonzy Robertson said the case is not being investigated as a homicide “at this time.” When asked why the case is being handled by the homicide unit, he referred questions to Emory University’s Police Department.

“You should contact them about why they needed our assistance,” he said.

Decaturish has asked Emory for a comment and will update this story when the university responds.

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