Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower fell ill early today as he and Columbus police investigated the death of a 7-month-old baby, authorities said.
Thrower was placed on a stretcher at The Medical Center and put into an examination room, Lt. Lynn Joiner said. Thrower remained in the hospital this morning, Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said.
“He’s doing fine,” Newton added. “He just couldn’t catch his breath. He should be out this afternoon.”
Thrower and detectives were investigating the death of a 7-month-old girl. Joiner said it appears no foul play is involved in the child’s death.
“It doesn’t appear that anyone injured the child,” he added. “We just don’t know. The autopsy will clear that up, hopefully.”
An ambulance took the child early today from its Eagles Trace Apartments home to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 5:30 a.m.
The child lived in Building 5 of the apartments, Joiner said. Shortly after the ambulance took her, authorities again responded to the Torch Hill Road homes about an adult death in Building 9, about 100 yards from the girl’s residence. That person died of natural causes.