Teen Girl, Baby Boy Found Dead In Irving Home

IRVING (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Irving police are investigating the deaths of a 15-year-old girl and a month-old boy after a 911 call about a body in a house.

Thursday morning investigators determined that the teen girl is in fact the mother of the baby.

Police are not releasing details on how the pair died, but the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed the deaths of 15-year-old Rebecca Ray and four-week-old Cole Childress.

An autopsy done Thursday, on both Ray and her child, found no injuries or trauma. Toxicology tests have been ordered, but detectives say it could be several months before they are completed. The family’s pastor said, according to the family, Ray had was sitting on her bed feeding her child when something caused her to fall backward, unconscious. The pastor said the family told him the child was under Ray.

The family declined to comment at this time. Though, Irving Police said they were researching Ray’s medical history to see if a condition could have caused her death.

A police statement says an emergency call Wednesday night was from a person stating that someone appeared to be deceased inside a residence in the 1000 block of Briar Oaks.

Police tell CBS 11 News that both the teen and the baby were found in a bedroom. “It appears that there were no signs of trauma or any signs of injury to either one of them,” explained Irving Public Information Officer John Argumaniz. “[There were] no signs of struggle. Nothing was in disarray to indicate any type of violent action at the residence.”

The mother and child were home alone when a family member arrived at the house, discovered them, and called police.

Officers found Rebecca Ray dead at the scene. Ray was a freshman at the Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving.

“She was a very astute young woman and she knew there were going to be some obstacles for her to overcome,” said Barry Hinkle, who taught Ray in third period. Hinkle said Ray was always bubbly, engaged and smiling at school.

The infant was transported to Baylor Medical Center at Irving, where he was pronounced dead.

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  • http://areasontocarryon.wordpress.com areasontocarryon

    How very sad, syuch young lives.

  • Brenda Lopez

    Becca was loved by many people… especialy at her school and her past middle school freinds of Lamar… She will be missed very much!!!


    How come 15 years old has baby? Who is the baby’s dad?

    • Danny

      What does that matter? A daughter, friend, granddaughter and mother have been lost along with her child, and all you want to know is who the baby’s father is? That’s irrelevant in times of grief.

      • Mike

        It matters because it sounds like Becca needed some help and the sperm donor wasn’t there to provide it. Notice I didn’t use the term father?

        It takes a man to be a father. Any dirt bag can be a sperm donor.

  • monica martinez

    becca we are all going to miss you so much .. all your friends including cydney havew been crying for you… R.I.P. Rebecca Ray

  • Jaclyn Robison

    We love Becca with all our hearts and will miss her dearly! I love you girl!

  • Priscilla Garcia

    Its so sad. We love yu becca <3 And you will always always be in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers <3

  • vanessa v

    we love love you becca and your baby cole.your family will be in my prayers.reat for eternity!

  • vanessa v

    rest for eternity!♥

  • BDK

    Carbon monoxide

  • Katherine g

    Becca we well all miss you and you well always be loved by us no matter what rest in peace “/

  • tiffany Ray

    ilove you becca ray..RiP babygirl.. fly high with the angels. you will truely be missed. :'(

  • Mon and Andie

    Becca will be missed by all of us. She and Cole are in a much better place now, and we won’t forget them. They are in our prayers.

  • Jenny

    RIP Becca Boo & CoCo. I don’t understand, but I know you’re in the arms of our Lord now and I’ll see you again. I love you little mama <3

    And to those questioning why she was a mother and who the father is…put yourself in this family's place and please learn a little compassion. Family and friends are heartbroken and hurting right now. Have a little respect.

  • Sarah B.

    That’s what I’m thinking. How incredibly tragic.

    • Sarah B.

      About the carbon monoxide I mean…

  • SW

    So sad. I hope they do find a reason/cause because it might help someone else in the future.

  • Tina

    How sad, but God has called these 2 angels home, and my prayer is they didn’t suffer and simply slept into death and awoke in heaven, forever young, healthy, and happy.

  • Liliana

    My Prayers goes out to the family of becca and the baby. She will be loved always and everyone who knew her. May you rest in peace with the angels from heaven above..

  • Saul Rivera

    This is so sad, and I didn’t even know here name, but when I saw her in the halls of good old Lamar, she was always laughing :’)

    Rest in peace Rebecca and baby Cole…..

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  • Angelica Mata

    Becca was such a great friend , she was always there for me when i needed someone to talk to. you and baby Cole will be NEVER forgotten and FOREVER missed. This isn’t a good bye it’s a see ya later . (:
    I love you </3

    Rest In Peace.

  • sadness

    this is so hearbreaking!!

    I’m not saying she didnt have a medical condition – but i cant help but wonder how she fell backwards and then the baby ends up under her? that doesnt make sense.

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