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DL police handle four deaths in three days

Detroit Lakes police were kept busy last week with the unexpected deaths of four people over three days in separate incidents.

Those who died include a 3-month old boy, an 11-year-old boy, a 48-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man.

Foul play is not suspected in any of the deaths, but a routine autopsy has been ordered in at least one case.

According to Detroit Lakes Police Chief Kel Keena, on Tuesday at 4:19 p.m. an emergency call was received from a licensed daycare on the 1300 block of Pelican Lane.

A 3-month-old boy was not breathing. An adult was doing CPR on the baby when police and emergency responders arrived.

St. Mary's EMS and police officers assisted and took over CPR efforts, and the baby was transported to St. Mary's Innovis Hospital, but he could not be revived.

The Becker County Coroner's Office has ordered a routine autopsy in the case.

At 10:11 a.m. on Thursday, officers responded to a report of an 11-year-old boy not breathing at a residence on the 900 block of Summit Avenue.

Officers helped perform CPR and he was transported by St. Mary's EMS to St. Mary's Innovis Hospital, where he died.

The boy had a long history of underlying medical conditions and no autopsy was ordered.

At 7:34 a.m. on Friday, an 18-year-old resident on the 600 block of State Street West awoke to find his 48-year-old mother had died overnight. She also had prior medical conditions.

At 2:15 p.m. Friday officers were called to the 1300 block of Lori Avenue, where an 18-year-old man was unresponsive and CPR was in progress.

He was transported by St. Mary's EMS to St, Mary's Innovis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Keena didn't know if there were underlying medical conditions in his case.

"It takes its toll, even on us professionals," he said, noting that one officer and several investigators were at all four scenes and other officers were involved in several of the resuscitation efforts.