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Death of 11-day-old Minn. baby ruled homicide

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — The January death of a Montevideo 11-day-old baby is now being investigated as a homicide, police said Thursday. Feb. 16.

In a news release, Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said the baby died Jan. 18 at the Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has identified the baby as Cassius Charles Ironheart-Proell.

Ironheart-Proell had been transported to the Montevideo hospital by family around 10 p.m. Rescue attempts by hospital staff were unsuccessful.

According to the boy's obituary, he was born Jan. 7 in Montevideo, the son of Demi Smith and Adam Proell.

An autopsy at the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka followed, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was called in to assist with the investigation.

In the news release, Christopher said the joint investigation by the police department and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension "is in its early stages." Police have not arrested anyone in connection with the baby's death.

"There is no public safety threat to the general public," Christopher said.

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