FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The death of a 10-month-old baby in Florence County does not appear to be suspicious and no foul play is expected, according to Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken.
He added it will take a few weeks before the autopsy results are in.
The death occurred on Candy Lane, off Howe Springs Road, south of Florence, according to Major Mike Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff's Office. He said deputies received a call at around 12 p.m. Wednesday to respond.
Von Lutcken said he was notified, along with fire, EMS and Florence County deputies.
"That's unbearable, I mean that's a hurting feeling, it really hurts," said James Simon, who lives across the street from where the baby was found. "I mean, a baby is very important, it's very sensitive. You know, to lose something like that, that you never really got a chance to know, and at 10 months old, that is very young."
Simon said he was home when he saw all the deputies and paramedics. He added that his neighbor saw them put the baby inside the ambulance.
"When I got there, the ambulance was pulling away and I said, 'What's going on? He said, 'They are taking the baby to the hospital."
According to von Lutcken, the baby was pronounced dead at the hospital.
"I'm sad about it. I feel bad for the mother. I would like to talk to her and express my condolences to her and the family," Simon said.
An autopsy was confirmed to be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.