By Lena Sin,
Foul play is not suspected in the death of a six-month-old baby boy in Port Alberni, Mounties said Saturday following an autopsy.
However, the cause of death remains a mystery after an autopsy failed to offer investigators any clues.
Sgt. Kevin Murray of Port Alberni RCMP said the infant had no physical signs of injury and the B.C. Coroners Service will now take over the file to try to uncover the cause of death.
"Certainly any time an infant dies, I don't think it's a very common occurrence and one could speculate on what occurred and I guess it comes down to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) or some other unknown physiological or biological reason," said Murray.
"But as far as the RCMP is concerned, there was nothing in the autopsy to suggest any foul play or any criminality."
Mounties were first called Wednesday evening by a caregiver reporting an unresponsive baby in a foster home in Port Alberni.
The First Nations baby was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At the time, police described the death as "unexplained."
The autopsy was conducted Friday at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.
The baby's name has not been released.
The 2009 Child Death Review Unit annual report, released last month by the B.C. Coroners Service, show that the most common circumstance of death is related to motor vehicle crashes (29%) followed by natural deaths due to internal causes (27%) and sudden infant death syndrome (17%).
The report also found a disproportionate number of child deaths involve aboriginal children (24%).