Joseph McElheny holding his daughter, Ida (Image from McElheny's website, www.wpmts.com)
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- New York State Police are now referring to the death of a 4-month old baby in Hoosick Falls as a homicide.
State police tell NEWS10 officers responded to a call from 3 River Street in the village around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday after the parents of infant Ina McElheny told 9-1-1 operators their daughter was unresponsive.
The baby was rushed to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center but then MedFlighted to Albany Medical Center where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The medical examiner has ruled the death homicide as a result of numerous internal injuries sustained by the infant.
We are told the couple is relatively new to the Hoosick Falls area. The father, Joseph McElheny, works as a web designer. McElheny has a few pictures of daughter Ina posted on his business website. In one of them, they are together.
People who were familiar with the father and daughter say they were inseparable, including a clerk at the Stewart's Shop across the street, where Joseph McElheny would visit frequently.
"He never put the baby down," said the clerk, Jessica Wilwol, "and he was always like holding her up and it just seemed like they were happy."
Officials called the case a "suspicious death" when it was first reported Thursday afternoon before officially dubbing it a homicide Friday. State police have not made any arrests.
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