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Hill District Infant’s Death Under Investigation

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HILL DISTRICT (KDKA) – The death of a five-month-old girl remains under investigation in the Hill District.

According to authorities, Zyian Praise Johnson was wrapped in a blanket, sleeping on the couch of her home Sunday morning when paramedics were called for reports of a child found not breathing.

It happened in the 800-block of Eckstein Place in the Oak Hill housing complex.

Police say the little girl had been sleeping with her mother when a blanket worked itself up and accidently cut off her air supply.

Police say the call to 911 came in shortly after 9 a.m. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead short time later.

Family members say the little girl’s mother was protective of both her children, always keeping a watchful eye.

“We were shocked. She always talked about her daughter, and her little baby she just had. There’s no complaints about her at all,” said Ruth Carpenter, a relative to the family. “A real tragic accident and mistakes happen.”

Police have not filed any charges in the case, but homicide detectives were called as part of the initial investigation.

An official cause or manner of death has not yet been released by the medical examiner’s office.

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