Cattaraugus County Sheriff's are now investigating the death of an Allegany baby. The family of one and a half year old Joseph Cruz tells Eyewitness News the child was napping on a couch inside his Valley View Estates home in Allegany Tuesday afternoon, but when Cruz's mother went to put him into his own bed, she realized he had stopped breathing. The mother called 911 around 2:30 p.m. and when C.P.R. attempts were unsuccessful, the child was pronounced dead.
"We're all just lost with this, I can't even begin to tell you how much that baby was loved and how much that baby will be missed," said Sarah Smith, Cruz's great aunt.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's say an autopsy was performed Wednesday morning at ECMC, but revealed the child's death was not suspicious in nature. Police continue their investigation pending toxicology results.
"The mother never left him out of her sight, this was something that just happened and it's going to be sad for a long time," said neighbor Barbara Nancini.
The family is still planning funeral arrangements for the child.