Child's death mars holiday weekend

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

The death of a seven-month-old girl marred an otherwise quiet long holiday weekend, according to Clay County authorities.

Medical personnel responded to a call at a home on Fourth Street in West Point at about 8:50 a.m. Saturday and found the child apparently choking, emergency responders said. Coroner Alvin Carter said a cause of death has not been determined.

"It's tragic for any weekend," Carter said.

West Point Police, and Fire and the Clay County Sheriff's Department reported few other significant calls during the weekend.

"The child is enough to shake you up anytime. Except for that, it was a pretty routine weekend," West Point Police Chief Avery Cook said.

Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott agreed.
"Our prayers go out to that family. Other than that, it was relatively quiet," Scott stated.

The departments registered a handful of disorderly conduct and simple assaults but "nothing out of the ordinary," they said.

No problems were reported at the Black Prairie Blues Festival Friday night or during the Prairie Arts Festival Saturday.

The medical call came not long after the Prairie Arts 5K had started.
No serious traffic accidents were reported during the weekend.
In addition to providing assistance at the medical call, the West Point Fire Department responded to a car fire at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire Chief Ken Wilbourne said a Chevrolet Tahoe burned up in the yard of a house on Fifth Street.