A 10-month-old baby is recovering at a Louisiana hospital after becoming trapped under the decomposing body of her dead father for as many as three days, authorities said Saturday.
The infant is being treated at University Health in Shreveport.
Sabine Parish Deputy Coroner Ron Rivers said he believes the girl’s father, Jason Fields, suffered a heart attack at his Shreveport-area home and fell backwards on the child.
“It looked like he was sitting on the side of the bed on his computer, fell backwards and died,” Rivers told The Shreveport Times. “The fact that he fell on her and made no attempt to get up tells me he died instantly when he fell on top of her.”
Sabine sheriff's deputies discovered the girl Friday night after her 5-year-old brother, who was also in the house, told neighbors he thought his father was dead
Rivers said he found Fields on top of the infant, on the bed, and his body had already started decomposing.
He told KSLA the young girl had some skin blisters and a slight indentation on her forehead from being pinned against the wall of the bedroom.
He also noted it was remarkable the two children survived, given the house had no air conditioning and it was more than 100 degrees inside when he entered the home.
“The baby was dehydrated,” Rivers told Reuters. “It was able to breath, expand its chest up and down ... We're very blessed that the baby didn't succumb.”
Fields, who was 43 years old when he died, had a history of heart problems. Rivers said he would not conduct an autopsy on the man’s body because it had already begun to decompose.
Fields’ wife was being held in the Sabine Parish women’s jail on misdemeanor charges. She had only a few days left to serve on her sentence when the baby was discovered. A judge granted her early release to care for the children.
The infant girl is expected to make a full recovery.
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