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‘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. 
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.

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