Crawfordville, Florida --
Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to a 911 emergency call Thursday, Oct. 28 at 65 Beeler Road in Crawfordville. The 10:09 a.m. call stated that a 2 ½ month old female infant, Kelsie Fruggiero, was not breathing or responsive, according to Sheriff David Harvey.
Deputy Matt Helms arrived within three minutes of the 911 call and was met outside the residence by the child’s grandmother, Linda Sue Fruggiero, and mother, Jessica Fruggiero. Jessica Fruggiero handed the child to Deputy Helms who started CPR on the infant. Det. Rick Buckley and Deputy Nathan Taylor also arrived on the scene.
Linda Fruggiero told investigators that the child had been sleeping in a bed inside the residence, but when she went to check on her the baby she was not breathing and was blue in color.
The Wakulla County EMS unit arrived on the scene and took over care for the child from the deputies. EMS officials pronounced the child deceased at 10:23 a.m. EMS officials determined that the child had been deceased for an extended length of time.
An autopsy was conducted Friday, Oct. 29 and the Medical Examiner’s preliminary finding was Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths are defined as infant death that occur suddenly and unexpectedly and whose manner and cause of death are not immediately obvious.
The investigation continues pending the finalization of the Medical Examiner’s report. Det. Derek Lawhon, Det. Rob Giddens and Lt. Danny Harrell also investigated.