Second Fairbanks infant hospitalized with suspicious injuries

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- For the second time in a week, a Fairbanks infant has been hospitalized with suspicious injuries.

Fairbanks police said they are investigating.

Detective Sgt. Jim Geier said a family member brought the 6-month-old girl to the Tanana Valley Clinic on Tuesday because the girl was having difficulty breathing. Geier said toilet paper was partially blocking the infant's airway.

''It does not appear to have been accidental,'' Geier said.

The girl was transferred to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Another Fairbanks infant was being treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. The 7-week-old girl was flown there Saturday suffering from injuries police suspect are the result of child abuse. Geier said the infant's condition is not life-threatening.

Geier said no charges have been filed in that case. The case is still under investigation and the Division of Family and Youth Services has been notified about both infants, Geier said.

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