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Father Finds Babysitter Dead, Infant Crushed to Death


"I knew he was gone."

A New York television reporter returned home to a horrible scene Thursday night when he found his 5-week-old infant son and babysitter both dead.

Authorities said 39-year-old Teresa Coffey likely suffered a fatal medical condition while she was holding the baby and collapsed on top of him.

Michael Baldwin, a reporter for News 12 Long Island, said he saw Coffey through the window slumped over on the couch when he arrived, but never imagined she was dead. It wasn't until he tried to move her that he saw the baby underneath.

"I went over to her," he told WABC-TV. "I began to move her, and then I saw him. He was under her. He was just crushed. His face was kind of blue. I knew he was gone."

The infant had recently been taken home after spending the first few weeks of his life in the hospital.

"I picked him up, I was like Michael, Michael, Michael, he said nothing he didn't say anything, there was no breathing, there was no cry there was nothing," Baldwin said.

The baby was given CPR at the scene but could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Coffey was also transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Baldwin's Twitter feed is filled with recent posts exuberant about birth of his son. The last one, dated August 18, reads, "After 17 days my son goes home from the hospital. Can't wait!"

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Coffey's death.

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