DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Police confirmed that a 14-year-old relative intentionally drowned a 2-month-old child found dead Monday morning inside a South Dallas apartment. Child Protective Services had placed the infant in the home where she was killed.READ MORE: AMC Theatres To Offer Open Caption Showtimes In More Than 100 U.S. Markets
“The facts of the case are that the 14-year-old intentionally drowed a 2-month-old and that’s the real tragedy today,” said Maj. Robert Sherwin with the Dallas Police Department.
The teen is now in police custody and is being questioned. At this time, no charges have been filed.
The child’s mother was at work at the time of the incident.
Around 6:15 a.m., police received a call about a child in trouble due to high water in the 8400 block of S. Westmoreland in the Red Bird area of Dallas. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the child dead.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner was called to the scene, along with Dallas Police homicide detectives.READ MORE: Republicans In Texas Advance New Congressional Map That Would Tighten Their Slipping Grip
“It breaks my heart anytime you respond to a call and someone so innocent…no one more innocent then an infant child…and to try to ascertain what was could have been going through anyone’s mind that would cause the death of innocent child. My heart goes out to the family,” said Sgt. Warren Mitchell of the Dallas Police Department.
Distraught family members showed up several hours later, and an ambulance had to be called after an unidentified woman passed out.
“I’ve always seen the young ladies around with their younger siblings so I really can’t see anything like that happening it’s heart felt and upsetting to hear about it happening,” said neighbor Joseph Veasley.
Police say another teen was also inside the apartment at the time of the drowning, and they are calling her a witness.
Detectives declined to specify exactly how or where the baby drowned. They said making those facts public would only serve to sensationalize the circumstances of her death.
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