Burned baby's death under investigation

December 17, 2009 4:51:05 AM PST
A preliminary autopsy shows a Port Arthur infant placed near a humidifier and heater died of cardiopulmonary arrest. Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam says Jashawn Keller suffered severe heat exposure and thermal burns.

Port Arthur police say the death of a 7-week-old boy has been ruled a homicide. Gillam says portions of the child's skin peeled.

Emergency personnel Tuesday night received a call about an unresponsive infant. Gillam says by the time he arrived the baby was already in an ambulance, where the JP pronounced the child dead.

Gillam told KFDM-TV that a humidifier had been placed in a car seat set up in the infant's room.