3rd recent death of infant under police investigation

Federal Way police Friday were investigating the death of an 8-month-old girl who died Wednesday, hours after being released from Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.

The baby’s death was the third involving area children’s hospitals to raise questions in the past three weeks.

In the most recent death, the parents called 911 because they thought their daughter might have found and swallowed prescription medication, police said.

Paramedics took the baby to the hospital, which released her two hours later, police said. The father said they were told the baby would be fine, so they put the baby to bed, police said. Three hours later, she was dead.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the baby as Samira Oglesby.

Investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

In a news release issued Friday, Dr. Christopher Kodama, medical vice president of pediatrics at Mary Bridge, emphasized the quality of care given to children at the hospital.

“Our hearts go out to the family of this child,” Kodama said. “In any case involving the death of a child, we thoroughly evaluate our processes and the care we provided. That evaluation is under way.”

In the earlier deaths, a newborn died Sept. 17 en route to Children’s Hospital in Seattle when a staff member administered medication without a doctor’s orders. Two days later, an 8-monthold died at Children’s after being given an overdose of calcium chloride.

The older child’s death was reported to the state Department of Health as an “adverse event” – that is, a medical mistake that should have been avoided. The newborn’s death is still being investigated.

Marce Edwards, a spokeswoman for Mary Bridge, said Friday that she was unable to provide more information because of privacy laws but said of the Oglesby death, “This was clearly not an adverse event.”