Police: Infant who died at Fleetwood Apartments in Olympia was sexually abused

Staff writerDecember 20, 2013 

A 5-month-old girl who died Dec. 13 at the Fleetwood Apartments in downtown Olympia had been sexually abused, Olympia Police said Friday.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock has identified the deceased infant as Allyiona Hickok. Her cause and manner of death are still undetermined.

Olympia police and emergency personnel responded to a 911 call at the Fleetwood Apartments, at the corner of Washington Street and Seventh Avenue Southeast, about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 on a report of an infant who was not breathing.

The caregiver reported that the infant had been napping, and when she checked on her, she was unresponsive. The caregiver then called 911. The baby died before the ambulance arrived at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Warnock has said.

It is too early to tell whether the infant's sexual abuse contributed to her death, OPD spokeswoman Laura Wohl said Friday. Wohl said the infant's death is at this time being considered "unexplained."

Police have not arrested or detained anyone in connection with the case.

The Fleetwood Apartments, across from Sylvester Park and next to the Greyhound bus station, are low-income housing units, mostly for veterans. They are managed by the Low Income Housing Institute in Seattle. The executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, Sharon Lee, said her organization is doing everything it can to cooperate with police.

"It's awful, absolutely awful," Lee said Friday.

Warnock has said that the deceased infant did not reside there. Lee confirmed that only single people are allowed to live in the Fleetwood Apartments.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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