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No charges filed in Parchment infant's death


PARCHMENT (WKZO) -- No criminal charges will be filed in the death of an infant in Parchment.

Kalamazoo Township Police first learned of the incident around 5:17 p.m. on July 27th.  Five-month-old Naima Inex Atkinson was in the sole care of her father at the time of her death.

Following a review of the case, the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office has declined authorizing criminal charges against the father, 26-year-old Tarqua Deron Atkinson.  It was determined that the cause of death was accidental, and not due to criminal behavior.

Kalamazoo Township Police are asking that parents and caretakers of infant children review and practice safe sleep practices for infants and young children.