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Death of newborn baby in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu prompts provincial police investigation

FILE: A Surete du Quebec crest on a police cruiser on in Montreal, Que., January 18, 2018. Mario Beauregard / The Canadian Press

Quebec’s provincial police, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), is investigating the death of a newborn in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

According to the SQ, local police were called at around 6:30 a.m. to a home near the Iberville area where they found the baby.

The newborn’s death was confirmed in hospital.

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The investigation was transferred to the SQ’s crimes against humanity unit. The unit investigates when the circumstances surrounding a death are unclear or there aren’t many details available.

“We can’t say if the death is suspicious at the moment,” said Anick Lamirande, a spokesperson for the SQ. “An autopsy will be performed.”

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A command post is set up near chemin des Patriotes where investigators are meeting with potential witnesses.

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