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June 13, 2018

DEATH OF INFANT IN LUDLOW RULED A HOMICIDE

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

 

DEATH OF INFANT IN LUDLOW RULED A HOMICIDE

 

CASE#: 18B100240

 

RANK / TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Sgt. Mike Dion

STATION: Westminster               

CONTACT#: 802-722-4600

DATE/TIME: 01/11/2018; approximately 0840 hours

INCIDENT LOCATION: Ludlow, Vermont

 

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

 

***Original release, Jan. 11, 2018***

During the morning of January 11, 2018, Vermont State Police troopers responded to assist Ludlow Police Department with a death investigation.

 

VSP detectives from B Troop East are investigating the death of an 11-month-old male.  This investigation is ongoing.  There is no public safety concern.

 

No names or other information will be released now.  Additional information will follow in subsequent press releases.

 

 

***Update Jan. 16, 2018***

The decedent in this investigation is 11-month-old Karsen Rickert.  Karsen Rickert is the son of Abigail Wood and Nicholas Rickert.  Emergency personnel responded to the Ludlow residence Wood shares with her boyfriend, Tyler Pollender-Savery, on January 11 for a report of an unresponsive infant.  Karsen Rickert was later pronounced deceased at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

 

This investigation is ongoing.  An autopsy has been completed by the New Hampshire OCME.  At this point, cause and manner of death are undetermined.  Nothing additional will be released at this time.

 

 

***Update June 13, 2018***

Following autopsy by the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner’s Office and subsequent investigation, the cause of death for Karsen Rickert, age 11 months, has been determined to be asphyxia due to strangulation and/or smothering, and the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

 

The Vermont State Police is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Mike Dion of the VSP Major Crime Unit at 802-722-4600.

 

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