• Coroner: Infant death a homicide
    By Brent Curtis Staff Writer | January 01,2010
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    Police say they are treating the death of a 5-week-old infant in Arlington who died in October as a homicide.

    But almost three months after Colin Russ Van Vleck's death no arrests have been made.

    "It's currently under investigation," Bennington County State's Attorney Erica Marthage said Thursday. "Within the next few weeks we're hoping to have more information as the investigation develops."

    "We need to find out essentially who caused this," she added.

    Police were called to the home in Arlington where the infant — the son of Russ Charles and Lyndsey Van Vleck — was living on the morning of Oct. 3 for a report of an "unresponsive infant," state police said Thursday. The infant, who was born on Aug. 27, was taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington where he was pronounced dead.

    Investigators were called to the Arlington home in October, but the death wasn't ruled a homicide until about mid-December when the Chief Medical Examiner's office in Burlington released results finding that the infant's death was a homicide due to "mistreatment."

    Marthage and state police Detective Lt. Timothy Oliver declined to answer additional questions about the investigation or those involved.

    "The investigation will look at everyone with care and control of the infant in the final hours of his life," Marthage said.

    Asked how many people could have filled that role, the state's attorney said "very few."

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