The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into the death of an infant from Atlantic Saturday at a hospital in Omaha. The investigation began following an emergency call to a residence in the community, about a two-month old child who was not breathing.
The infant, Oren T. Ashby, was brought to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, before being transferred to Nebraska Children’s Hospital, where he died. Doctors at the hospital found evidence of abuse, and notified Atlantic Police. Medical reports and interviews with the child’s father, 24-year old Mathew Donald Ashby, of Atlantic, resulted in his arrest on felony charges that include Child Endangerment and Assault.
Ashby was brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.
By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic