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Coroner: East Alton infant may have suffocated on pillow

A 4-month-old East Alton girl found unresponsive Monday morning may have suffocated on a pillow, Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

According to the statement, Kiley K. Burford was lying on an adult bed with an adult memory foam pillow over her face when her mother found her at 8:28 a.m. Monday. The child was in cardiac arrest while en route to Alton Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead there at 9:09 a.m.

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The pillow found covering the child’s face originally was propped on its edge. Nonn said it appeared the pillow tipped over onto the child.

Nonn said an autopsy revealed the cause of death could be consistent with suffocation, but he noted that “no precise cause of death will be assigned pending the completion of toxicology studies, microbiological testing, and completion of the background investigation.”

East Alton police, Madison County state’s attorneys, the Southern Illinois Child Death Investigation Task Force and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services continue their investigation into Burford’s death.

Marks Mortuary of Wood River is handling funeral arrangements.

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