August 10, 2015 1:50 pm

‘Medical mystery:’ death of healthy baby in Alberta foster home unexplained

The Law Courts in Edmonton, Alberta. Summer 2014.

Emily Mertz, Global News

EDMONTON — A judge says an Edmonton foster mother did nothing that contributed to the death of a baby in her care four years ago.

Four-month-old Delonna Sullivan was found unresponsive in a bassinet on April 11, 2011, six days after social workers placed her in the foster home.

Four-mouth-old Delonna Sullivan is shown in this family handout photo. An Edmonton judge has removed a publication ban on the identity of a four-month-old baby girl who died in foster care. Delonna Sullivan’s mother, Jamie Sullivan, says she went to court so she could tell the world what happened to her daughter. 

Handout, The Canadian Press

An autopsy found the infant was healthy and the cause of her death was listed as unexplained.

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Provincial court Judge Steven Bilodeau made no recommendations in his fatality inquiry report.

He says the baby had been sleeping in a safe manner and was being properly supervised.

The foster mother testified she had checked on the baby several times and was listening on a monitor.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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