Monday, July 23, 2018
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Infant dies Wednesday in foster care outside Largo

LARGO — A 5-month-old infant died this week in the care of a foster parent, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Foster mother Christine E. Scott, 63, of 11831 94th St. N outside Largo, fed baby Joriel Calderone-Hernandez about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday and then put him to sleep.

He was unresponsive when Scott, who had been serving as what authorities describe as a "medical foster parent" to the child since June 2, checked on him later in the day, about noon, deputies said.

Scott called 911 and performed CPR on Joriel, who was born in February, until paramedics arrived. They transported him to Largo Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Scott had been checking on the infant while he slept using an audio and video monitor, deputies said.

The baby's body showed no signs of injury or trauma, investigators said. He had been suffering from a respiratory condition that required several visits to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg several times in recent months.

As a medical foster parent, Scott is a traditionally licensed foster parent who is additionally qualified to take in "medically complex" children in the custody of the Department of Children and Families, department officials said.

Joriel's cause of death was not available Friday.

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