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Clearwater police investigate death of 5-week-old baby

CLEARWATER — Authorities are investigating the death of a 5-week-old boy who was rushed to the hospital after his parents said he was vomiting and unresponsive.

Veronica Portal, 23, and Jose Ruiz-Lopez, 25, called 911 at 2:04 a.m. Saturday, and their infant son was taken to Morton Plant Hospital.

Anthony Ruiz-Portal, who was born Sept. 17, died at 4:10 a.m.

There are suspicious circumstances surrounding the baby's death, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said.

A preliminary autopsy was performed Saturday afternoon, she said, but results are pending.

No other information was available.

Clearwater police investigate death of 5-week-old baby 10/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 24, 2009 11:20pm]

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