Date Occurred: 7-27-2013 Time: Approximately 5:17 p.m.
Location: Apartment in the 100 Block of Devon, City of Parchment
The Kalamazoo Integrated Dispatch Center received a 911 call of an unresponsive infant in an apartment in the 100 block of Devon in the City of Parchment Saturday evening. Kalamazoo Township Police officers, the Parchment Fire Department and LIFE EMS responded and rendered aid to the child. Unfortunately, 5 month old Naima Inex Atkinson did not respond to these efforts and could not be revived. She was pronounced dead at approximately 5:52 p.m. at the scene by a physician from the Western Michigan University School of Medicine.
Township officers are continuing their investigation in cooperation with the Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Child Protective Services Unit of the Michigan Department of Human Services. An autopsy was conducted on the infant by the Medical Examiner’s office yesterday. Final autopsy results are not available and will not be for some time, however based on everything known at this point it appears the child may have died as a result of an unsafe sleep environment.
In the course of this investigation, the infant’s father, Tarqua Deron Atkinson, DOB 4/22/1987 was taken into custody on warrants unrelated to this investigation.
The Kalamazoo Township Police strongly suggest parents and caretakers of infant children review and practice safe sleep practices for infants and young children in their care. Information can be obtained by visiting the Department Of Human Service’s website
Location: An apartment at the Somerset on the Hill Apartments, 525 N. Arlington
The Kalamazoo Integrated Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting that a baby drowned in a bathtub shortly after 1: 00 p.m. today. The Township of Kalamazoo Police and Fire Departments as well as Pride Care Ambulance were dispatched. On arrival, the 8 month old male infant’s father, Keon Rashad Peterson (23 years old of Kalamazoo) told responders he found the child unresponsive in a bathtub where he had been bathing with a 4 year old sibling. Following treatment at the scene by Township medical first responders and Pride Care paramedics, the infant was transported to Bronson Methodist Hospital by Pride Care. Efforts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful and the infant, Keon Rashad Peterson Jr., was pronounced dead at the hospital. The Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy to determine the cause of death on Tuesday, July 16th. Township officers are continuing their investigation into the death, which includes interviews with family members, who are cooperating. The Michigan Department of Human Services Child Protective Services Unit is also investigating. Township officers ask anyone with information which may be related to this case contact them at 269-343-0551 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com
For Release Beginning: 7-15-2013 at 1720 hours
Author: Chief Tim Bourgeois
Supervisor Approving News Release: Same
Anyone with information about an incident is asked to contact TKPD (269)343-0568 or Silent Observer(269)343-2100