September 2013 News Releases

                                 KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP NEWS RELEASE

Complaint number: 13-002631  Update #1

Incident Type: Infant death

Date Occurred: 7-27-2013  Time: Approximately 5:17 p.m.

Location:  Apartment in the 100 Block of Devon, City of Parchment  

Additional Information:

Kalamazoo Township Police forwarded the results of their investigation in this case to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s
Office for review.  Following that review, the Prosecutor’s Office has declined to authorize criminal charges against Tarqua
Deron Atkinson, 26 years old, in the death of his daughter, Naima Inex Atkinson, 5 months old.  Naima was in her father’s
sole care at the time she died.  The Prosecutor’s Office determined the death was the result of an accident and not criminal
behavior.  This decision will close the Township Police Department’s investigation into this matter.

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 at:,4562,7-124-5453_7124_57836---,00.html

For Release Beginning: 9-23-2013 0910 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