Death of 11-month-old is termed a homicide

Posted: December 07, 2004

The death of an 11-month-old Middletown Township girl last week was a homicide, said a statement released yesterday by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office.

The infant, identified as Sophia Hughes, died Friday at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia of head trauma, a spokeswoman for the office said. Officials said the incident was likely due to shaken baby syndrome, caused by vigorous shaking of an infant or young child by the arms, legs, chest or shoulders.

Middletown police and Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons refused to comment on the case yesterday or release the names of the baby's parents.

No arrests had been made.

Law enforcement officials said investigators had questioned anyone who may have been in recent contact with the child. Though no charges had been filed, authorities confirmed that a search warrant was executed yesterday at the family's home.

Authorities also confirmed that the parents of the baby also have a 2-year-old daughter. The mother is a nurse at a local hospital.

Contact staff writer Stephanie L. Arnold at 610-313-8093 or sarnold@phillynews.com.

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