While Grand Junction police continue an investigation, the parents of an infant who died on Orchard Mesa Monday night, are speaking out about how it is being handled. The baby died at St. Mary's Hospital after the parents discovered the baby was unconscious and not breathing.
Tracie and Thomas Trochlil say the coroner's report does not indicate an obvious cause of death. Grand Junction police were still conducting an investigation into the death, and have released few details. The parents say the death of two–month- old Thomas Trochlil Jr. was an unfortunate accident, but feel they are being treated like suspects.
The Trochlil'S say they are extremely distraught over the sudden loss of their son, but say the way the case is being handled is only adding to their grief.
Following the death of the baby, police sealed off the couple's mobile home on Orchard Mesa to conduct a search of the residence. According to the Trochlil's, a waver was signed allowing the search, with police confiscating several baby bottles, a blanket and a can of formula.
The parents also say they were interviewed by detectives seperately, during which time they were individually told about their son's passing. The parents are critical about the police conduct during the investigation, saying they waited nearly four hours to tell the father about the death.
According to the couple, the autopsy report does not indicate abuse or obvious cause of death, however they believe they are still being targeted as suspects. Because it's an active case police are giving out little information.
Grand Junction Police Officer Craig Campbell says that it's procedure to cover all the bases, including cordoning off an area if there's any remote possiblity of a crime. They are waiting for toxicology reports before moving forward with the investigation.
Investigators completed their on–site work Tuesday, and while the Trochil's have been allowed back into their home, they say it's still emotionally impossible to return and have chosen to stay with family members.
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