Infant Dies At Homeless Shelter, Police Investigate

DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver are investigating how an infant died while staying at a homeless shelter.

The Harrell family was staying at the Salvation Army Lambuth Family Shelter in North Denver while they were moving into their own apartment.

That’s when Starlite Harrell found her 4-month-old son, Khyree Harrell, lifeless just after 9 p.m. Monday.

“I came back here and my son wasn’t breathing,” said Harrell.

Police were called to the shelter where Starlite was staying with her husband and four other children. Khyree was rushed to the hospital but it was too late, he had died.

“Really saddened for the family, saddened that it happened here when this family came to us seeking shelter. But we’re going to be supporting the family as much as we can,” said Salvation Army spokesman Warren Dabis.

Khyree’s parents can’t explain what happened. Just hours before the baby died Starlite took video on her cell phone.

“He was perfectly fine. This was the last video… this was yesterday,” said Starlite.

Police are waiting for the coroner’s report to determine how Khyree died. Until then his parents are facing what no parent should.

“I gotta bury my baby,” said Starlite. “And I don’t know how I’m going to bury my baby.”

“We gotta bury our son, said Starlite’s husband Shawn.


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