Updated, Sunday, March 17, 8:30 pm*
Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe’s office is investigating the deaths of two babies in recent weeks.
In an email to The Times, Tara Miltimore, a spokesman for Cape and Islands DA’s office, wrote that the two separate cases have been turned over to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to perform autopsies.
On Saturday at around 2 am, police stopped a vehicle in Tisbury for speeding in the early morning hours. Miltimore wrote that police learned the occupants of the vehicle were trying to get a baby girl to the hospital.
In answering a question about Saturday’s incident, Tracey Jones, ambulance coordinator, told The Times a Tisbury ambulance responded to a “medical emergency” and brought a patient to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
The baby was unresponsive, and the child was pronounced dead at the hospital, Miltimore wrote.
On Feb. 24, Chilmark Police responded to an unresponsive baby boy at a residence in that town, Miltimore wrote. “The infant was transported to the hospital and pronounced deceased,” she wrote.
Tisbury Police Chief Mark Saloio would not release that department’s report on Saturday’s incident, referring calls to the State Police. Chilmark Police Chief Jonathan Klaren could not be immediately reached.
“It is standard procedure for all unattended deaths to be investigated by State Police detectives assigned to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office,” Miltimore wrote.
*This story was updated to delete the ethnicity of the families of the infants. For a further explanation, click here.