Date Occurred: 7-27-2013 Time: Approximately 5:17 p.m.
Location: Apartment in the 100 Block of Devon, City of Parchment
Kalamazoo Township Police forwarded the results of their investigation in this case to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Following that review, the Prosecutor’s Office has declined to authorize criminal charges against Tarqua Deron Atkinson, 26 years old, in the death of his daughter, Naima Inex Atkinson, 5 months old. Naima was in her father’s sole care at the time she died. The Prosecutor’s Office determined the death was the result of an accident and not criminal behavior. This decision will close the Township Police Department’s investigation into this matter.
The Kalamazoo Township Police strongly suggest parents and caretakers of infant children review and practice safe sleep practices for infants and young children in their care. Information can be obtained by visiting the Department Of Human Service’s website at: http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5453_7124_57836---,00.html
For Release Beginning: 9-23-2013 0910 hours
Author: Chief Tim Bourgeois
Supervisor Approving News Release: Same
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